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.
Mr Séamus Boland, President of the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Ms Christa Schweng, President of the EESC
Ms Anna Hubáčková, Minister for the Environment of the Czech Republic
Mr Tomáš Macura, Mayor of Ostrava
Mr Petr Koudela, Head of Moravian-Silesian Tourism, From problem to opportunity: a local perspective.
11 a.m. - Session I – A region in transition towards a low-carbon economy
Moderator: Ms Jarmila Dubravská, member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group
Mr Ondřej Slach, PhD., Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Analysis and evaluation of the change of economic structures in the region through the lens of evolutionary economic geography
Mr Jiří Krist, Chairman of the Regional Network of the Moravian-Silesian Region and Manager of MAS Opavsko, LEADER programme and the energy and economic transformation of the region
Mr Jiří Stodůlka, CEO, co-founder of Farma Bezdínek, Largest Czech tomato greenhouse and first with pesticide-free certification
Mr Roman Haken, Broadband Competence Office – Ministry for Industry and Trade - High-speed internet available in the territory
12.30 p.m. - Lunch
2 p.m. - Session II – Social implications of the regional transformation
Moderator: Mr Roman Haken, CCMI delegate at the EESC and former member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group
Ms Iva Kuchyňková, Manager for social advocacy activities at Caritas Czech Republic
Ms Soňa Kalenda, PhD., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ostrava, Social work challenges in dealing with the regional transformation
Ms Eva Arnošt, Skrojek, z.s. in Skotnice, Creating civil society in a small village – an example of good practise
Mr Vladimír Špidla, Director of Masaryk Democratic Academy, Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, The social dimension of the region's transformation
3.30 p.m. - Concluding remarks
Mr Séamus Boland, president of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group
Mr Lukáš Curylo, Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region and member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group