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.
As in the previous years, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will actively take part in the annual United Nations Framework on Climate Change – COP27, which this year will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Witnessing increasingly grim extreme weather events, and following the publication of the IPCC reports highlighting the risk to humans and ecosystem of climate inaction, we urgently need to ramp up our collective climate ambition to address the climate emergency. It is high time to turn pledges into action.
While COP26 fell short on climate ambition, the Glasgow Climate Pact presents an opportunity at COP27 for governments to revisit and strengthen their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to keep temperatures within the 1.5°C, and to raise ambition and mobilise action on climate finance, adaptation, and loss and damage. Moreover, as this year's theme is "together for implementation", COP27 promises to be an inclusive COP to drive progress on implementation forward.
As part of the EU delegation, the EESC delegation will count with the six members of the Ad Hoc Group on COP, plus, the EESCyouth delegate to COP from 12 November to 18 November.
The EESC delegation will engage in meaningful conversations, bilateral meetings and side events calling on the EU institutions and Governments to step up climate ambition, following science and scientific information, and placing a particular focus on the role of organised civil society to accelerate climate action.