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.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is inviting civil society organisations and individuals across the European Union to apply for its flagship Civil Society Prize. This year, it is honouring initiatives that fight against gender stereotypes by championing equal opportunities for women and men and their equal treatment in all spheres of economic and social life.
The deadline for entries is 10 a.m. on 6 September 2019.
The EESC – which gives a voice to trade unions, NGOs and employer organisations at EU level – launched the call for entries for the prize, totalling EUR 50 000, in June. The prize will be awarded to a maximum of five winners at the award ceremony that will take place on 12 December 2019 in Brussels.
The EESC Civil Society Prize is open to all civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at local, regional, national or European level. Individuals can also apply. To be eligible, initiatives or projects must have already been implemented or be still ongoing.
The EESC will this year be awarding its Civil Society Prize to outstanding projects and initiatives covering at least one of the following issues:
fighting against or raising awareness of gender stereotypes, discriminatory social behaviour and prejudice in all spheres of economic and social life;
raising awareness of the consequences of gender stereotypes produced by media content;
promoting participation of women in traditionally male-dominated occupations, such as in the STEM and ICT sectors, and combating gender segregation in education;
combating the gender pay and pension gaps;
promoting female entrepreneurship, equality in decision-making, women's economic independence and work-life balance;
addressing the specific challenges facing vulnerable women such as single mothers, women with disabilities, migrants, ethnic minorities or low-skilled workers.
ABOUT THE CIVIL SOCIETY PRIZE
The Civil Society Prize, now in its eleventh year, was launched by the EESC to reward and encourage 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. In 2018, the prize focused on identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe.
We kindly invite you to encourage civil society organisations in your country to apply for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2019 and thus help valuable projects win recognition.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has launched its Civil Society Prize for 2019. This year's theme is More women in Europe's society and economy, and the prize will honour innovative initiatives and projects which aim to fight for equal opportunities for women and men and their equal treatment in all spheres of economic and social life.