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.
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The EESC will host a photography exhibition entitled Habitat, featuring the work of Tom Hegen, an award-winning German photographer and designer from Munich.
Tom Hegen's work focuses on aerial photography projects, showcasing the impact of human presence on earth and frequently highlighting the relationship between man and nature.
The exhibition features a series of 30 images, focusing on landscapes that have been transformed by human activity. The Habitat project invites viewers to discover our planet from a new perspective, to comprehend the scale of human activity on our planet and, ultimately, to take responsibility.
At the heart of 2030 UN Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the recognition that our present and future prosperity must remain within the constraints of the biosphere which sustains us. According to the EESC, the EU needs a new vision for people and the planet based on the principles of environmental sustainability, the right to a decent life and the protection of social values. Such a wellbeing economy should restore ecosystems, conserve biodiversity and deliver a just transition to a climate neutral way of life across the EU.