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.
Current: Statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe: EESC is committed to actively contributing to the success of the Conference
Statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe: EESC is committed to actively contributing to the success of the Conference
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President Christa Schweng
European Economic and Social Committee
I welcome today's signature of the joint declaration between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council that sets out the Conference on the Future of Europe. The European Economic and Social Committee is looking forward to actively contributing to the debate, being invited as an observer.
I am pleased that the important role and involvement of organised civil society in the conference was confirmed. The EESC is looking forward to preparing a substantial and valuable contribution, working closely with hundreds of organisations that our members represent. We are ready to bring our bottom-up expertise to enrich the work on a new, convincing narrative for the EU.
The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique opportunity for societies in the European Union. Businesses, workers, farmers, consumers and NGOs are finally able to engage in a structured way and have their say in shaping future EU policies. This is urgently needed to give them a sense of ownership of their European Union. The goal of shaping the future of a European Union emerging even stronger from the COVID-19 crisis can only be achieved through active engagement with citizens and other stakeholders coming from all walks of life.
The pandemic has made the discussion about the future of Europe and its challenges more important and timely than ever. We have to draw lessons from this crisis and further reflect on how to increase the resilience of our societies and economies. Other major topics could, in particular, cover: a vision of a resilient post-COVID-19 Europe that prospers economically, is socially inclusive and economically sustainable and responds to the dilemma of national sovereignty versus the need to find common European solutions.