The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
9– 9.30 a.m. Registration of participants and coffee
Chair and moderator: Milena Angelova, EESC rapporteur of the preliminary draft opinion on the "Application of the Decision on public compensation for the provision of services of general economic interest"
9.30–9.45 a.m. Welcome address and introductions
Welcome Address: Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society, EESC
Keynote Speech: Jean-Paul Denanot, MEP, Co-President of Intergroup "Common Goods and Public Services", European Parliament
9.45–10 a.m. Presentation of the study on the "Review of Member States' reports on the implementation of the European Commission Decision on the provision of State aid to the provision of services of general economic interest":
Angelina Todorova,Project Manager, ESTAT Agency
10−10.10 a.m. Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion on "Application of the Decision on public compensation for the provision of SGEI (2012/21/UE)":
Milena Angelova, EESC rapporteur
10.10–10.30 a.m. Questions and answers
10.30 a.m.– 12.15 p.m.
Panel discussion: Challenges and opportunities arising from the current State aid rules for SGEI; need for more clarity of State aid rules and better involvement of all impacted authorities
Monique Negenman, Head of unit, Directorate-General for Competition, Unit F3 State Aid- Postal Health and other services, European Commission
Juan Pedro Marín Arrese, Chair of the CEEP Internal Market Task Force
Markus Töns, Representative of Committee of the Regions (DE/PES), Member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Parliament, Rapporteur of the opinion State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest
Laurent Ghekiere, Chair of the European Observatory of social housing, Housing Europe
Tanja Struve, Head of the European office of the German County Association
12.15–12.50 p.m. Open debate followed by questions and answers
12.50–1 p.m. Closing remarks
Michael Smyth, Vice-President of the EESC in charge of Budget