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.
Addressing sustainable food production and consumption implies not only ensuring security of food supply, but also promoting more environmentally-friendly, resilient, healthy and fair food systems.
Set up in 2012 as the Permanent Study Group (PSG) on Food Security, the Permanent Group (PG) on Sustainable Food Systems aims to tackle the economic, environmental and social consequences of food production and consumption through a more comprehensive policy approach, for example by promoting sustainable agricultural production while ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food, guaranteeing fair treatment of all economic actors in the food supply chain and reducing food waste. This overall objective also reflects the Sustainable Development Goals within the UN 2030 Agenda, which provide a crucial framework for joint action to feed the world sustainably by 2030.
Through opinions, meetings and hearings, the PG facilitates and promotes dialogue among various stakeholders along the food chain (including farmers, workers, food processors, retailers and consumers) on the above-mentioned issues.
Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems - Work Plan 2023-2025