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.
Organised by: The Young Entrepreneurs Organization of the European Union (JEUNE) in cooperation with the EESC Section on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) and the EESC Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO)
Moderator: Cillian Lohan, Vice-President of the EESC
16:00 | Opening remarks
Frederico Sousa Pimental, Secretary General JEUNE
16:15 | Round of introductions
Kilian Kaminski, Founder of Refurbed
Evoléna de Wilde d’Estmael, Co-founder of Faircado
Maria Nikolopoulou, Vice-President of the EESC NAT section
Carlos Sentis, Founder and CEO of the World Innovation Alliance
Lisa Muhr, Founder of Göttin des Glücks eG
16:45 | Debate on the three pillars of sustainability
Session 1: economic viability
Session 2: social equity
Session 3: environmental protection
17:45 | Closing remarks
Alexandrina Robu Cepoi, Parliamentary Assistant and Vice-President of JEUNE
This workshop aims to bring together different generations of entrepreneurs to discuss the meaning of entrepreneurship today and how it has changed, and to understand the general attitudes of citizens towards the European Union.
The workshop will invite entrepreneurs from three generations representing different groups - baby boomers (generation X), millennials (generation Y) and centennials (generation Z) - to a debate to explore and share their aspirations, mindset, ideas and challenges. They will also learn more about the far-reaching changes that have taken place over the past 30 years in terms of employment, economic growth, education and justice - substantial areas where the EU provides opportunities.
In particular, the specific goals of this workshop are:
to learn about and discuss the attitudes of all citizens towards European integration, seen through the eyes of different European generations from various professional backgrounds;
to compare different ideas and, most importantly, ways of thinking and share professional and life experiences and backgrounds;
to bring together a broad range of socio-demographic and civil society representatives around the theme of entrepreneurship;
to underline the importance of private initiatives and entrepreneurship in overcoming all types of crises;
to discuss how entrepreneurship can contribute to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development;
to explore and identify practical steps that citizens can take to participate more actively in co-creating the future of the European Union, create economic opportunities for economic development and find and apply practical solutions to problems related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.