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.
considers that water is increasingly understood as a strategic security asset due to growing global water scarcity. The EU should step up its efforts on blue diplomacy and streamline it in its foreign policy and external relations, trade and development policies.
underlines that water is not a mere commodity but a public good crucial to human life. The EU should support easy and uninterrupted access of affordable water for everyone throughout the world and facilitate sustainable water and wastewater management.
asks for the protection of wetlands and biodiversity as an essential part of blue diplomacy. The sustainable management of South-Eastern European transboundary rivers, lakes and wetlands should acquire priority given their high significance for European biodiversity.
encourages the establishment of a macro-regional strategy for the Mediterranean region. Such a strategy would contribute to better coherence and to the integration of frameworks and programmes already in place and lead to more rationality in the use of resources.
proposes to pay special attention to blue diplomacy in sub-Saharan Africa. Proactive tools should reduce water-crisis induced migration flows to the European Union.
calls for the right funding to improve existing water facilities and infrastructure to ensure fair access to clean water and sanitation for the entire global population. The Global Gateway constitutes an excellent tool in this context.