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.
This meeting was an excellent opportunity for a DG Trade timely update on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA, reinforcing the EU DAG commitment to support it.
Additionally, EU Ambassador to Singapore, H. E. Barbara Plinkert, presented the current EU‑Singapore relations, describing the role of Singapore in the regional and global context, with special focus as well on trade and sustainable development.
Finally, yet importantly, the EU DAG also discussed its work programme for the first mandate, which will include among others work on the following topics:
- Liberalisation of environmental goods and services;
- Ratification and full implementation of ILO Conventions on freedom of association (C087), on abolition of forced labour (C105) and on discrimination (C111);
- Conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, namely of timber and fish/seafood.