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 Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) are co-organising an event on analysing the current issues of youth civic spaces and creating common policy solutions for moving forward on them. The event is organised in the framework of JEF's Democracy under Pressure campaign and Youth Vote project (COYV), which tackles the challenges of youth engagement and participation in the next European Parliament elections in 2024. The seminar on 4 July follows on from two webinars on youth civic participation organised by the Civil Society Organisations' Group in 2021 and 2022.
Youth organisations' role in society includes serving as watchdogs and ringing the bell when the rule of law, democracy and human rights are undermined. They also serve as vehicles to ensure the voices of young people are adequately represented, and provide a platform for young citizens to both practice and foster democracy from early on.
The seminar will discuss tendencies as well as specific violations of youth civic spaces across Europe and look at existing institutional policy tools, such as the Council of Europe's Recommendation on youth civic spaces, different reports of the European Parliament in relation to civic space, the Rule of Law Report of the European Commission and the EESC resolution 'The long-lasting legacy of the European Year of Youth: mainstreaming and empowerment'. Through an exchange between youth and institutional representatives, potential solutions will be identified.
The seminar will be held in English and in a hybrid format. Participants can join either online viaMicrosoft Teams or in person at the EESC.