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.
The topic of the 2023 foresight cycle is "What strategic decisions need to be made to ensure a socially and economically sustainable Europe with a stronger role in the world in the coming decades?". The ECO section is directly concerned through this thematical focus on economic sustainability (understood as managing the transformation of the economy to ensure it remains within the planetary boundaries). Responding to the EESC´s request to be better involved ex-ante in the foresight process, the Commission is this year engaging in this debate with the ECO section.
Against this background, the ECO section organise a public debate on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 from 11:00 to 12:30. For more background information on the ex-ante debate on the 2023 strategic foresight cycle, please consult the "Issues paper".
Grzegorz Drozd, Team Leader, Foresight & Strategic Communication Unit, Foresight & Strategic Communication, Secretariat General, European Commission
Petra Goran, Policy Analyst, EU Policy Lab: Foresight, Design & Behavioural Insights, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission
Ricardo Borges de Castro, Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme, European Policy Centre (EPC)
Pier Francesco Moretti, Department of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
The event will accessible to public via webstream. No registration is needed.