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 EESC is pleased to announce the five winners of the 11th edition of the Civil Society Prize, which rewards initiatives aimed at raising awareness of and fighting for gender equality in the EU.
An evaluation panel composed of ten experts chose the winners among the 177 applications received from 27 Member States. The work of the panel was very challenging and rewarding, considering the high level and quality of the applications.
The prize awards ceremony took place on 12 December 2019 during the EESC plenary session.
The first prize, of a value of 14.000 EUR, went to Women's Toponymy, an Italian project which tries to increase the number of places bearing the name of notable women, giving them the public recognition they deserve.
The other prizes, of a value of 9.000 EUR each, went to:
2nd prize: Polish Women's Strike, which empowers the women activists in small and middle-sized cities fighting for a change;
3rd prize: Fairy Tales project, by the Bulgarian NAIA Association, which teaches gender equality to pre-school children via classical fairy tales;
4th prize: #mimmitkooda (Women Code), a programme by the Finnish Software and eBusiness Association (Ohjelmisto- ja e-business ry) combatting the stereotype that software developers are mostly men;
5th prize: The Brussels Binder from Belgium, which advocates better representation of women in European policy debates;
The EESC thanks all candidates for their application and warmly congratulates the winners.