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.
Ylva Johnasson, Minister of Employment and Integration of Sweden
Jonas Attenius, Deputy Mayor of the City of Gothenburg
Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG GROW, European Commission
George Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Jens Nilsson, Member of the European Parliament
9.30-10.30Panel 1 - Introductory session: The way social economy contributes to economic growth and social cohesion in the EU
The world of work is affected by significant economic, demographic, societal and technological changes. In this context, this panel discussion will give a general perspective on how social economy businesses help maintain/create jobs in the EU, ensure fair working conditions and contribute to improving social cohesion.
Moderator: Ariane Rodert, EESC Member
Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Policy of Bulgaria
Luigi Bobba, State Secretary for Labour and Social Policy of Italy
Example of cooperation between a traditional enterprise and a social economy enterprise:
Christophe Itier, High Commissioner for Social and Solidarity Economy of France
Ann Sofie Gunnarsson, IKEA, Sweden
Sarah de Heusch, Smart Belgium
10.45-11.45Panel 2 – Favourable ecosystems for social economy
Under what conditions can social economy businesses develop? Based on two different examples from the Basque and Västra Götaland regions, this session will demonstrate that appropriate frameworks can greatly contribute to foster social economy.
Maria Jesús San José, Regional Minister for Labour and Justice of Spain and Jon Altuna, Vice Rector at the University of Mondragon, Spain
Johnny Magnusson, President of the Regional Executive Committee, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden and Ingrid Westerfors, Social finance expert and business adviser, Coompanion and Mikrofonden Väst, Sweden
Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister of Slovenia
Branislav Ondruš, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovak Republic
11.45-12.45Panel 3 – Social economy as a tool to achieve social resilience, sustainable jobs and fairer working conditions
One of the main objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights is to ensure that EU citizens benefit from fair working conditions. This translates in several principles including secure and adaptable employment, fair wages, and social dialogue and involvement of workers. This panel will discuss, more specifically, how social economy enterprises effectively contribute to ensuring such fair working conditions.
Moderator: Gordon Hahn, Coompanion KFO, Sweden
José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal
Rania Antonopoulous, Alternate Minister of Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity of Greece
Juan Antonio Pedreño, President of Social Economy Europe
Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, General Secretary Famna, Sweden
Romain Guerry, Director for Institutional Relations, Vyv Group, France
Angela Achitei, President of Fundatia Alaturi de Voi, Romania
13.45-15.15Panel 4 – Case study: How do cooperatives serve as a model for tomorrow's work?
Through the presentation of several best practices, this panel will show how cooperatives effectively contribute to promoting financial stability and inclusion, to technological innovation and environmental protection.
Moderator: Patrick Develtere, Principal Adviser on European Social Policy, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Introductory speech by Guy Tchami, Cooperative Policy and Research Specialist, ILO
Discussion - presentations in PechaKucha style:
Harry Robbins, co-founder of Outlandish, UK
Elisabet Abrahamsson, Le Mat, Sweden
Dirk Vansintjan, President of the European Federation of groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy
Lisa Mashini, Cooperatives Europe
Claudia Fiaschi, Forum Terzo Settore, Confcooperative, Italy
15.15-16.00Closing remarks - Social economy actors promote values that are very important for the future of work. The diversity of economic actors in the EU is key to its sustainable economic growth.
Moderator: Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing in DG GROW, European Commission
Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of Regions
Michel Servoz, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission
Luca Jahier, President of Various Interests' Group, European Economic and Social Committee
Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg
María Fátima Báñez García, Minister of Employment and Social Security of Spain