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 event will feature initiatives at European, national, regional and local levels harnessing the transformative power of circularity to:
decarbonise the economy,
promoting wellbeing and prosperity for all.
The webinar will discuss how these initiatives can help rebuild the economy on these foundations after the COVID-19 crisis.
The world is facing a climate emergency causing unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges. Ambitious policy and action are necessary at all levels to accelerate a just transition to a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. This is particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed the fragility of the current system.
The side event will focus oncircular economy as a practical mean to achieve climate and sustainability targets on the ground. Shifting from a "take-make-waste" extractive economy to a circular, regenerative economy would increase resource efficiency and reduce GHG emissions causing climate change.
Such a shift allows meeting other equally important goals such as :
creating more sustainable cities,
distributing value more fairly in the economy
After the COVID-19 crisis, the implementation of circular economy can actually help to :
rebuild markets that have collapsed,
set the foundations for a wellbeing economy in the face of a global recession and increased debt,
reduce dependency on over stretched supply chains.