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 revisions and initiatives linked to the European Green Deal and, in particular, the EU's ambitious target of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 are presented under the first series of files of the "Fit for 55" package adopted by the European Commission.
It consists of a set of inter-connected proposals, which all drive towards the same goal of ensuring a fair, competitive and green transition by 2030 and beyond.
The package strengthens eight existing pieces of legislation and presents five new initiatives, across a range of policy areas and economic sectors:
energy and fuels,
The chosen policy mix is a balance between pricing, targets, standards and support measures.
Scope and objectives
To feed into the European Economic and Social Committee's opinion on 'Fit for 55': delivering the EU's 2030 Climate Target on the way to climate neutrality, the NAT Section is organising an online public hearing on Friday, 7 January 2022, to gather the views of speakers and participants from organised civil society, business associations, as well as EU institutions to discuss the set of the proposals under the package with the aim to attain an overall balance between fairness, emission reductions and competitiveness.
The event will be webstreamed with interpretation in EN, DE and FR.
Participants can engage in the debate via Sli.do using the code: #FitFor55.