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.
Last chance to compete for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2018 on identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe! Applications closing soon
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is inviting organisations and individuals who work for a better Europe to put themselves forward for the Civil Society Prize, which this year is promoting initiatives to do with European values, identities and cultural heritage. The deadline is 7 September 2018.
The Committee, which represents organised civil society at the EU level, launched the prize totalling EUR 50 000 in June. The prize will be awarded to a maximum of five winners and it will reward innovative initiatives which have made a significant contribution to taking on the challenges of:
raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities;
exploiting the full potential of Europe's cultural wealth;
facilitating access to European cultural heritage; and
promoting European values such as respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.
The EESC Civil Society Prize is open to all civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at local, national, regional or European level. It is also open to individuals.
The award ceremony will take place on 13 December 2018 in Brussels.
The Civil Society Prize, now in its tenth edition, was launched by the EESC to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting the common values that bolster European cohesion and integration.
We kindly invite you to encourage civil society organisations in your country to apply for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2018 and thus help valuable projects win recognition.