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.
Entitled "The EU as a driver of shared prosperity – civil society for an economy that works for people and the planet", the 2022 Civil Society Days will be held on 15-17 March 2022.
Taking place at a crucial time for Europe, with the COVID-19 pandemic still on-going and the Conference on the Future of Europe in its closing stages, the CIVIL SOCIETY DAYS 2022 will explore how to make Europe more resilient through a just transition that benefits both people and the environment, and at the same time increases European prosperity.
Such a transition should also defend and promote the EU's fundamental rights and principles: democracy, human rights, social justice, solidarity and equality. 2021 has proved to be an endurance test in this regard. As advocates, change-makers and guardians of the common good, civil society organisations play a crucial role in defending these values at all levels.
In seven interactive workshops in hybrid or fully online format, the following key topics will be explored:
Upskilling opportunities for all;
Intergenerational Dialogues among European Union Entrepreneurs;
Volunteers for prosperity;
An enabling environment for civil society: the case for meaningful participation;
Building a democratic economy for a just transition;
A green social market economy for the Future of Europe;
The Future of Social Protection and the European Welfare State: the case of minimum income schemes and access to quality social services.
The workshops will be introduced and wrapped up by two high-level panel discussions at the opening and closing sessions respectively.
The 2022 Civil Society Days are organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, in cooperation with its Liaison Group.
For more information on the programme, speakers and workshops, please check the regularly updated webpage of the event and follow us on twitter @EESC_LiaisonG #CivSocDays. (ks)