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Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. The problem is global, but also concerns our continent: in summer 2022 Europe saw the most severe droughts in 500 years. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. …

01/01/2023 31/12/2023
Rural pact #2

The EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing to gather the view of youth representatives, rural development experts and various stakeholders on how to promote sustainable and inclusive rural development that benefits young people and rural communities as a whole.

Civil society for an open democratic debate

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is working on a project on disinformation to be implemented with the help of civil society. Disinformation typically spreads among the population, often horizontally, so that the best way to tackle the problem is not in a top-down approach, but in citizens’ reflection and direct engagement. This is where organized civil society can play a crucial role.


579th Plenary session, with the following guests: Ebba-Elisabeth BUSCH, Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Business and Industry (tbc)Pedro LINARES, Professor from the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI) in Madrid, Margaritis SCHINAS, Vice-President of the European Commission (tbc).  Web streaming


14/06/2023 15/06/2023

Europe's voice in the world is becoming less and less important.In addition to the strains caused by the pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Europe is facing a historic structural transformation driven by geopolitical developments, demographic changes, digitization and the transition to a climate-neutral and circular economy.

Visual of conference stating "A competitive EU industry for a successful green transition"
State of progress after the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

On 22 June, the EESC will host an online public hearing to explore the state of progress of the EU on the path to more sustainable, fairer and inclusive food systems, following the new actions agreed upon during the UN Food System summit in 2021.


The permanent group on Inclusion of the Roma is organising a public hearing on 22 June 2023 on ''The labour market situation and Roma workers' rights in a time of economic crisis''. At a time of rising inflation across Europe, with sharp increases on food stuffs and energy, this hearing will be looking at the situation of Roma workers in the labour market. It will discuss discrimination in employment and look at best practices aimed at resolving these situations in accordance with the EU Charter of Fundamental rights, the new EU Roma Strategic Framework and the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Your participation and input are most welcome!


Insularity is considered to be a permanent and unchangeable geographical feature which involves additional costs (transport, energy, waste management, public services, necessity goods and services) that hamper the development and competitiveness of the islands, while particularly exposing them to biodiversity loss and climate change. The organised civil society has an important role to play and tackle all these challenges and through this debate. The aim is to find the best practices and solutions so that EU islands can preform better and recover from the multiple crises.


In the context of the critical lack of statistical data at island level and the lack of estimation of "the costs of insularity" that prevent the proper formulation, implementation and monitoring of policies adapted to the specific characteristics and needs of islands, INSULEUR is organizing a hybrid workshop on 28 June in Brussels.