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.
Current: Civil Society and the Recovery and Resilience Plans
Civil Society and the Recovery and Resilience Plans
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It has been almost a year since the pandemic hit Europe hard...resulting in the worst economic recession since the Second World War.
The EU has taken unprecedented steps in supporting its member states in the crisis, releasing billions of Euros to combat the effects of Covid-19.
EESC members acted fast and connected with all member states, discussing shortcomings and proposing specific measures.
Today the preparations to distribute huge amounts of money are taking place, sometimes behind closed doors and even more often with national governments not including civil society enough.
The participation of civil society can greatly contribute to the success of the EU recovery plans.
If the EU Recovery Plan is properly implemented, it could turn an obvious political crisis into profound progress for a stronger economy.
Involvement of Organised Civil Society in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans – What works and what does not? - EESC resolution