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.
On 13 September 2023 the Sustainable Development Observatory of the EESC will host a public event with the aim to follow up on the discussions and outcomes of this year's High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and prepare for the upcoming SDG Summit which will be held one week later in New York.
The invited speakers and participants will reflect on the following questions:
The EU's sustainable development journey: achievements, challenges and next steps ahead
Global and national perspectives on sustainable development
The Spanish Council Presidency agenda on SDGs
The actions required to accelerate SDG implementation
Taking stock of civil society engagement
The meeting will provide a platform for engaging in a constructive dialogue on the sustainable development journey, challenges, and future prospects, with a particular focus on the European Union's contributions and progress.
This event will be webstreamed and viewers will have the opportunity to send questions live via Slido using the code #SDGs2023. If you'd rather attend in person, please contact us to request a registration form.
Interpretation: EN DE FR
The European Union presented at the United Nations in New York its first Voluntary Review on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in July 2023. The EU VR contains the EESC contribution assessing the achievements and challenges of the EU policies to attain each of the Goals. To prepare its contribution, the EESC compiled the key messages from a large number of its adopted opinions across policy areas, consulted the former Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on the SDGs and collected views on the EU’s internal and external implementation of the SDGs through an online consultation of civil society organisations.
With only seven years to go to 2030, the world needs to be steered in the right direction. This meeting aims to present and reflect on the main taking of the HLPF and discuss on the next steps ahead to strengthen and reinforce the agenda at the EU level.