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.
In line with the priorities of Finland's programme for its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Sustainable Europe - Sustainable Future, Group III held its extraordinary meeting on the topic of ‘Boosting EU competitiveness – 3 pillars for sustainable growth’ on 16 September 2019 in Helsinki, at the Auditorium in the Annex Building of the Parliament.
Our Group concentrated on the following three pillars enabling sustainable growth and thus boosting EU competitiveness:
bioeconomy and climate-neutral Europe ;
infrastructure in the transport sector
The pillars are closely interlinked and all ensure sustainable growth for Europe. However, putting them in place will pose a series of challenges to be faced by all stakeholders: from farmers, forest-owners, industry, infrastructure operators, public and private investors, research and technology institutes, right down to the very end of the chain, consumers.
The main purpose of this event was to examine and debate challenges, opportunities, consequences, best practices and ways of increasing EU competitiveness. 3 panels were set up to focus on each of the pillars.
Around 130 participants were expected to take part in the conference, including EESC members from all EU Member States, business representatives, experts from the main civil society organisations represented by Group III's Finnish members, and officials and representatives of the Finnish government and Parliament.