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.
Existing literature shows that there are gender inequalities in access to funding. However, there are different views on its root causes. These gaps include financial literacy, entrepreneurship and investment. For instance, women-led businesses only raise 2% of venture capital in the EU, are less likely to apply for a loan, and usually invest less in financial markets and tend to conform less risky portfolios.
On Wednesday, 15November 2023, the ECO Section of the EESC will gather institutional and non-governmental actors to discuss on gender gaps in the access to funding and on investment, its economic and social impacts and how public policy could provide solutions to improve the current situation.
The debate is accessible via webstream. No registration is needed.
The speakers confirmed are the following:
Agnieszka WOJDYR, European Commission, DG GROW
David HALABISKY, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Selma PRODANOVIC, Vice-President, European Business Angel Network