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.
Following the European Gender Equality Week organised by the European Parliament (24-30 October), chaired by the Vice-President Evelyn Regner, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supporting this initiative, is planning a series of thematic debates organised by the various sections.
These events are scheduled for October, November and December 2022 in the EESC and touch upon gender equality in the social economy and EU, women in energy poverty, women's potential in entrepreneurship and access to finance, the situation of women in geographical areas like Latin America and Iran.
Nowadays, equal pay for equal work, equal access to education, equal family responsibilities, balanced gender representation on the boards of companies and political life may sound logical but they are not put into practice.
If the situation is to be genuinely improved, especially where discrimination, poverty, violence against women, unequal pay in leadership positions still exist, the involvement of civil society is crucial.
As Maria Nikolopoulou, President of the EESC's Equality Group stresses, Gender equality is not a 'women's issue'. It is a prerequisite for building just, resilient and prosperous societies. That is why it is so important that women and men walk this path together, hand in hand, with mutual respect and support.
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The EESC held a debate on gender-based investments in the Member States' national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs). Following on from the European Gender Equality Week, the event gathered policy-makers, experts from organised civil society and academia to discuss, among other things, how EU countries can improve the impact of the measures proposed in their RRPs on gender equality during implementation and monitoring.