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.
Thank you to the European Public Health Alliance for inviting the European Economic and Social Committee to this conference. I am proud to see the tremendous work done by civil society organisations in guiding decision-makers to make the right policy choices. I hope that the European Charter for Health Equity will be another step towards a more cohesive Europe. The scale of differences in health of people living challenges solidarity and equal opportunities in the EU. How is it possible that differences in life expectancy vary by almost 10 years between some countries?
Speech by Staffan Nilsson at Conference of the European Public Health Alliance