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.
On behalf of the EESC, vice-president Giulia Barbucci participated in the 42nd edition of the Brussels 20-km run on 29 May, along with representatives of other EU institutions, including Roberta Metsola, president of the European Parliament.
In Ms Barbucci's opinion, this event is of great importance, especially now. "The successful 20 km of Brussels race sent a strong message for peace, standing united with Ukraine".
More than 33 000 people with 137 different nationalities took part in the run this year, as well as 800 staff members from the "Running for Europe" team. As in 2021, the race was won by Belgium's Amaury Paquet, who covered the 20-km distance in 1:00:01.
This year's event was dedicated to showing that the European Union stands united with Ukraine. The funds raised for this event will be donated to the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine to provide food, medicine, sleeping bags and other necessary supplies, along with coordinating psychological support for people and communities impacted by the conflict. (ehp)