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 event will bring together members of the two EESC bodies and representatives from the European Commission and other stakeholders from the agri-food chain.
The aim will be to explore how sustainable food systems can contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing concrete examples and best practices, but also identifying the associated challenges.
Food supply chain actors will be asked to:
present concrete initiatives from the ground that they are already undertaking towards more sustainability (e.g. more sustainable agricultural practices, food labelling, packaging and packaging waste);
identify the challenges to continue and scale up these initiatives, and
provide recommendations for the upcoming Sustainable Food Systems Framework.
This event will be webstreamed freely on our website and interpretation will be provided in EN, DE, and FR.
Our planet is running out of resources, but populations are continuing to grow. Our consumption, production and waste habits need to change in order to achieve the Agenda 2030.
Sustainable Food Systems are part of the solution: they should be re-designed in a holistic way to increase resilience and reduce impacts on GHG emissions, prevent natural resources and biodiversity loss, while ensuring fair economic returns for all actors and addressing the hunger affecting millions of people.