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.
This onlineevent will explore the potential of communities to revive local economies as we emerge from the pandemic, in a way that takes account of the deepening climate and ecological emergency and the urgent need for a deeper societal transformation.
Communities for Future - a new, integrated Europe-wide programme to inspire, empower and enable local community-led responses to the climate and ecological emergency - recognises that there is no one solution fits all, so engaging citizens locally, and bridging divides, creating cohesion between rural and urban, young and old, North and South and East and West Europe, are an essential part of the mission. Communities for Future values and puts communities and citizens at the centre of the conversation.
The Covid-19 pandemic showcased the role and importance that communities and citizens initiatives play in finding solutions when faced with adversities; but also, how quickly they can mobilise themselves and devise tailored local responses. This is first-hand evidence that bottom-up approaches are an essential complement to top-down approaches. However, the pandemic also put on display the various barriers and taught us what is needed to achieve lasting transformative change.
European Day of Sustainable Communities
All across Europe communities are responding creatively to the global challenges of our time. The European Day of Sustainable Communities, on 19th September 2020, is a time to applaud and celebrate the local communities taking action for a more regenerative, just and inclusive Europe. You can find relevant events near you here.