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.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has proved to be an endurance test for human and social rights, democratic values, the rule of law and economic resilience in the EU.
While navigating stormy waters, organised civil society is playing a key role in coping with the countless pandemic-related challenges at European, national, regional and local level.
All citizens must be involved in the current recovery and reconstruction process, and the forthcoming Conference on the Future of Europe, so as to make sure that no one is left behind on our way towards a sustainable Europe in 2030 and beyond.
Against this background, the fully virtual 2021 EESC Civil Society Days are intended to be a public forum bringing together European citizens, civil society organisations and the European institutions for a debate about the essential components of A Sustainable Recovery for the Future of Europe's citizens. While delivering on the high expectations of its citizens, Europe must ensure that the ecological and digital transitions are built on the values of solidarity and human rights, social justice, equality, and on education, culture, migration, democracy, participation and entrepreneurship.
In order to carve out some pathways along which possible answers might emerge, civil society members of the Liaison Group will offer eight interactive workshops on key topics such as:
Multilevel sustainable democracy in Europe
Social economy and youth entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery
The role of education and culture in the sustainable recovery for Europe
The future of work in the well-being economy
Youth activism, systemic change and recovery in Europe
A social Green Deal for a sustainable recovery
The role of key civil society groups in the renovation wave
The role and economic value of volunteers in the road to recovery and beyond