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.
Launch event for the report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee's Liaison Group, invites you to the launch event of its report on 'Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU' followed by a panel discussion.
10h30 Welcome and opening by Conny Reuter, Co-chair of the EESC Liaison
10h40 Presentation of report findings by FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty,
followed by Q&A
11h15 Panel debate "Towards the Future"
Michel Forst, UN special rapporteur on human rights defenders
Luca Jahier, president Group III EESC
Mary Lawlor, founder of NGO ‘Front Line Defenders'
Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans, Director of ECNL (European Center for not-for-profit law)