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.
On Friday 15th December 2023, the EESC hosted a public hearing to gather the views of the European Commission, rural development actors and various stakeholders on how to foster the implementation of the Long-Term Vision of EU's Rural Areas.
In the course of the event, we discussed:
The state of play after 2 years of implementation of the Long-term vision
The contribution of the CAP and Cohesion Policy to the vision
Challenges, opportunities, and enhanced funding access for civil society organisations, enterprises and social economy in rural areas
Governance and stakeholders involvement in decision-making processes in rural areas
Through the sessions, the hearing aimed to collect views on the concrete measures required to ensure the successful implementation of the long-term vision, emphasizing the role of financing and effective governance in shaping a sustainable rural/urban development.
The debate feeds into the preparation of the own-initiative opinion Towards a European Rural Agenda. This opinion will seek to identify and understand the comprehensive dynamics of rural areas, extending beyond agriculture to include SMEs, microenterprises, services, and tourism. The opinion will also address the issues of funding and optimization and streamlining of budget allocation.
This event was webstreamed in 3 languages EN, FR and ES. We invite you to watch the event recording!