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 debate will be opened by a presentation by Mr Günter Mögele, the Deputy Mayor of Wildpoldsried, a town in Germany which is recognised for its exceptional achievements in renewable energy production and in reducing its carbon footprint.
The second speaker will be Ms Adela Tesarova, Head of Unit for Consumers, Local Initiatives and Just Transition, who will present the European Commission's DG Energy's work on energy communities (including on the Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub initiative) and explain how this work can benefit rural areas, linking to the long-term vision on rural areas and more specifically looking at how the Rural Pact can support the replication of such initiatives.