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 Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) of the European Economic and Social Committee will hold a public hearing on the long-awaited EU Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030".
The EESC has been calling for the adoption of an overarching EU Sustainable Development Strategy ever since the adoption of the SDGs. The lack of a coherent plan with clear policy targets has so far prevented the EU to properly implement the UN 2030 Agenda in the EU and at national level. The EU should build a new, positive vision of its future - of a more sustainable and socially inclusive Europe that benefits its citizens and leaves no one behind.
The NAT Section will debate the EU Reflection Paper and the way forward with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society stakeholders, with a view of providing input to the preparation of the EESC opinion on this topic.
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