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 world today is facing a climate emergency. The response of governments to the climate crisis thus far has not been sufficient and the world is not on track to meet the objective of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Civil society has been calling forcefully for more ambitious and urgent climate action. The most dramatic demonstration of these calls are the youth climate strikes.
Youth and Climate Action
Young people have the right to have a say on matters that concern them.
Their right to participate is anchored in the 2030 Agenda, which acknowledges youth as "critical agents of change";
No other issue has mobilised more young people around the world in the last years than climate change;
The decisions on climate change and other environmental issues taken by political leaders today will affect generations to come and impact on how sustainable their future will be. In this context, the principle of intergenerational equity must be given due consideration.
Recovering from COVID-19 while keeping Climate Action high on the agenda
Lessons that will be learnt from the current COVID-19 pandemic should be applied to dealing with the climate crisis. We should:
ensure that the design and implementation of recovery from the economic impact of the pandemic keeps climate action and sustainability commitments at the forefront of policy;
advocate for a paradigm shift towards a more participatory model of multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable development with young peoplestructurally and meaningfully engaged.