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 conference will take stock of the progress made since the launch of the Renovation Wave Strategy as part of the European Green Deal and address some of the main challenges. As the availability and affordability of decent housing is an issue of growing concern to Europeans, particularly young people, the conference will examine the housing conditions and needs of young people. Finally, the conference will look at how to simplify and make more coherent the multiple funding systems for investment in social and affordable housing.
Over the years, the EESC has worked on several opinions and organised eventsto inform debates and shape upcoming policy recommendations on housing at EU level. With this conference, the EESC intends to give political impetus to the debate on the EU housing crisis during the Belgian Presidency's forthcoming ministerial conference on housing, to be held in Liège on 4-5 March 2024, and to ensure that this issue features in the new terms of office of the European Parliament and the European Commission for the 2024-2029 period.