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: EU Global Health Strategy -Better health for all in a changing world
EU Global Health Strategy -Better health for all in a changing world
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The European Commission adopted in November 2022 a new EU Global Health Strategy to improve global health security and deliver better health for all, drawing from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and positioning global health as an essential pillar of EU external policy. The EESC decided to adopt an opinion on this Strategy, presenting its views on what is needed for its proper implementation and for advancing towards the health-related targets of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The EESC opinion covers the three priorities of the Strategy, namely:
- deliver better health and well-being of people across the life course;
- strengthen health systems and advance universal health coverage;
- prevent and combat health threats, including pandemics.
In the opinion the EESC:
recognises the urgent need for global action to address communicable and non-communicable diseases, improving disease surillance systems, vaccination programmes, etc;
recommends enhancing investment in health to strengthen the EU's global leadership role and underlines that health considerations, including mental health, should be integrated into all areas of EU external engagement;
expresses concern about the shortage of healthcare workers and supports seeking formal EU observer status in the World Health Organization and developing robust health diplomacy;