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 online public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in the context of the ongoing preparation work for its opinion Action Plan for the development of EU organic production aims to highlight stakeholders' views on the proposed EU Action Plan and its implementation.
The EU Action Plan foresees, among others, the stimulation of production, the development of new markets (includingsustainable food public procurements), ensuring a level playing field for imports and improving the sustainability of the organic food chain.
At this public event, we will:
discuss how to transform these targetsinto on-the-ground strategies related to organic production and consumption;
showcase challenges as well as success stories from different regions.
The climate and biodiversity challenges need to be tackled in all sectors, while the post-Covid recovery represents an opportunity to "build back better" towards a sustainable future. In this context, more sustainable, fairer and inclusive food systems are needed to contribute to awellbeing economy that works for people and planet.
Organic agriculture is part of the European Green Deal: through the Farm to Fork and the Biodiversity strategies, the European Commission has committed to reach at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming by 2030and asignificant increase in organic aquaculture, both to:
improve the sustainability of the food system, and to
revert biodiversity loss.
To meet this ambitious target, the Commission published an action plan (2021 – 2027) to stimulate both supply and demand for organic products in the European Union.