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.
Over recent decades, social developments have transformed societies. The most significant of these developments is women's gradual progress towards equality in the workplace, starting in the post-war period. In parallel, a new sociological landscape has emerged: fewer marriages, later in life, more divorces and separations and a higher proportion of single parent, single gender and blended families. As the EU Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Caregivers enters into the transposition phase in Member States, it is crucial for civil society to engage with national and European policy makers to review work-life balance policies and legislation.
How to fulfil the needs of families and society at large, in the 21st century? What best practices already exist in Member States and under what conditions have they emerged? What new proposals can be made by civil society to reduce tensions between professional and family life, irrespective of the gender of the parents or the family structure? How to enable family carers to provide quality and long-term care for those in need?
The objective of the conference on 12 November was to launch the discussion on the above interrelated topics, but with a forward looking and practical approach.
To explore how to move from the personal experience to the Institutional, how to change mind-sets and overcome prejudices. To begin a dialogue!
Concept note - New Role Models for Societies in Europe