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.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an area of strategic importance. It has enormous potential to improve European society in terms of societal challenges, but it also poses significant challenges, risks and concerns. The European Union has chosen a trustworthy approach to AI, rooted in ethics and the law.
The European Commission has recently published a White paper on AI to promote the development and uptake of AI across Europe with respect for EU values and principles. With this White paper, the European Commission is launching a broad consultation of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, to comment the proposals set out in the White paper and to prepare the next steps for a future legislative framework for AI.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) would like to contribute to this important consultation by organising the Second edition of the AI Europe stakeholder Summit entitled: White paper on artificial intelligence - What civil society has to say?
The Summit will focus particularly on two topics:
Use of AI in the workplace.
AI-driven biometric recognition systems (including facial recognition).
The discussion with representatives from businesses, academia, workers, citizens, policy makers and NGO's will include amongst others: AI tools in recruitment, AI for assessment and supervision of workers, health and safety principles when using AI systems in the workplace and AI-driven biometric recognition systems in light of ethical principles and fundamental rights.