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.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has looked into the advantages of modern industrial wooden construction at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EESC adopted an exploratory opinion focusing on how EU proposals such as sustainable carbon cycles, the bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus can be used to drastically reduce the huge amounts of construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient.
The conference presented the main conclusions of the EESC's exploratory opinion on Wooden construction for CO2 reduction in building sector and discussed the potential of timber construction in line with the EU's goal of climate neutrality with local experts, representatives of the wooden construction sector and civil society organisations.
The conference was organised in the framework of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU. with the participation of the following guest speakers:
Annika Wäppling-Korzinek, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Sweden
Helene Holstein, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Infrastructure
Susanne Rudenstam, Director for Construction at Swedish Wood
Peter Holmgren, CEO of Future Vistas
Jesper Lindholm, Swedish Building Workers' Trade Union (Sweden), Chair of the Europe Regional Committee
Bernhard Egert, UBM Development, Spokesperson of the Austrian Timber Construction Platform