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Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. The problem is global, but also concerns our continent: in summer 2022 Europe saw the most severe droughts in 500 years. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. …

01/01/2023 31/12/2023
Seminar on empowering civil society

The event is part of a series of three seminars on how the EU can further develop its role to protect, empower and support civil society organisations and human rights defenders.

This seminar will explore how the EU can further enable civil society organisations and human rights defenders’ participation in policy-making processes, and how Member States can be supported in maintaining an enabling environment for civil society actors’ participation. The seminar will be co-organised with the European Commission.

A thriving civic space for upholding fundamental rights in the EU
Upskilling citizens for a successful ECI with impact!

The European Citizens' Initiative Day (ECI Day) is a high-level annual conference that has been organised by the European Economic and Social Committee since the inception of the European Citizens' Initiative in 2012. In the context of the European Year of Skills, the ECI Day 2023 will look at the skills the organisers need to make their initiative run successfully, and with its “how-to” workshops provide the participants with practical tips and recommendations in this regard.


On 9 June 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee is hosting a hearing in conjunction with its opinion on "Advertising through influencers and its impact on consumers", which was requested by the upcoming Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has looked into the advantages of modern industrial wooden construction at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EESC adopted an exploratory opinion focusing on how EU proposals such as sustainable carbon cycles, the bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus can be used to drastically reduce the huge amounts of construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient.

Rural pact #2

The EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing to gather the view of youth representatives, rural development experts and various stakeholders on how to promote sustainable and inclusive rural development that benefits young people and rural communities as a whole.

Civil society for an open democratic debate

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is working on a project on disinformation to be implemented with the help of civil society. Disinformation typically spreads among the population, often horizontally, so that the best way to tackle the problem is not in a top-down approach, but in citizens’ reflection and direct engagement. This is where organized civil society can play a crucial role.


579th Plenary session, with the following guests: Ebba-Elisabeth BUSCH, Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Business and Industry (tbc)Pedro LINARES, Professor from the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI) in Madrid, Margaritis SCHINAS, Vice-President of the European Commission (tbc).  Web streaming


14/06/2023 15/06/2023

Europe's voice in the world is becoming less and less important.In addition to the strains caused by the pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Europe is facing a historic structural transformation driven by geopolitical developments, demographic changes, digitization and the transition to a climate-neutral and circular economy.

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