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.
On Thursday, 23 March 2023, the EESC NAT Section is organising a public hearing on "What next for European action on childhood obesity?" which will feed into the exploratory opinion requested by the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This event will bring together key representatives from several European institutions, organisations and academia on the effectiveness of current strategies and the possible actions and contributions that various stakeholders could provide to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
No registration is required. The event will be webstreamed on the EESC's dedicated webpage and interpreted into EN; FR; ES. Save the date in your agenda and watch it live! Viewers will have the opportunity to engage in the debate using Slido, with the code #EndingObesity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines childhood obesity as one of the most severe public health challenges of the 21st century. According to the European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI round 5), 29% of children aged 7–9 years were found to be living overweight. The prevalence of obesity in Europe was 14% in boys and 10% in girls. This trend is alarming because obesity tends to track into adulthood, where it drives non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including early diabetes, several cancers, and cardiovascular disorders, which are by far the largest cause of death and disease burden in Europe.
The European Commission has an important role in supporting, aligning, and guiding the activities of EU countries in implementing obesity policies. Addressing childhood obesity is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 3, to guarantee a healthy life, promote everyone's well-being at all ages, and improve the health status of all Europeans in the future.