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.
deems it is crucial to use the opportunities brought by innovation and digitalisation to boost citizens' wellbeing and improve the quality of health services and points to the need to address different levels of digital literacy among EU Member States.
Believes that the European Health Data Space (EHDS) proposal presents an excellent opportunity to empower individuals to access and control their personal health data.
supports having a large-scale communication campaign to help build trust among the public. Citizens must be aware of the benefits associated with the sharing process.
considers that the EHDS will have a significant positive impact on fundamental rights as regards personal data protection and free movement.
calls for a reflection on the relevance of having a review of the absolute prohibition on the use of secondary data by insurers.
considered it preferable to stick to the European Commission's position, which is that the secondary use of electronic health data should be restricted to the sole, perfectly legitimate objectives of improving and conducting public health policies and research.
recommends a review of the absolute prohibition on the use of secondary data by insurers. Insurability should be encouraged through a better understanding of data evidence for research and innovation purposes in a sector that is not often recognised as such but is of major importance for consumers.
believes that the EHDS will benefit individuals, health professionals, healthcare providers, researchers, regulators and policy-makers, if, citizens and stakeholders are involved in the continuous investment in national health systems.
urges the Commission to consistently invest in cybersecurity systems, which can prevent huge problems in all Member States.