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.
Auditorium of the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library (Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-239 Porto)
On 16 and 17 March 2023, the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee held its last meeting, an event co‑organised in partnership with the Portuguese Economic and Social Council, with a view to further strengthening the cordial and fruitful cooperation between the two institutions. This meeting took place in the city of Porto, Portugal, and was dedicated to civil society's contribution to the future of EU-ACP relations.
The first day of the meeting focused on the institutional framework under the Post-Cotonou Agreement and, more specifically, on the participation of civil society in this framework. The second day rather looked at the future partnership through two important topics, namely the Global Gateway strategy and the challenges around water in ACP States, in particular in the context of climate change.
Lastly, the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee closed the event by discussing and adopting a joint statement on civil society participation in the future of ACP-EU relations.
Joint statement on civil society participation in the future of ACP-EU relations