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.
This brochure presents the highlights and findings of the EESC's 13th Civil Society Media Seminar.
The Seminar was organised at the University of Malaga, Spain, on 10-11 October 2019, and included three panels:
Europe equals hope - 60 years of achievements and the way forward
Together for Europe - Pooling forces to make Europe a lasting success
Democracy brings us together - How to reinforce trust in the EU through transparency, ethics in politics and respect for European values – Journalism as watchdog of democracy
It raised some key questions touching on the EU's very raison d'être, such as: would European countries have done so well if they had decided to go it alone, instead of building an "ever closer union"? Can they face the huge challenges that rise before them – such as the climate crisis, migration, digitalisation – by going each their own way? How can civil society help foster ownership of the EU? How can communication help drive home the argument that unity is strength? How to build a European public opinion capable of driving such debate?
Panellists from media and communication, academia, local government as well as civil society shared their views and insights and debated with participants, including students from the University of Malaga.
The brochure provides summaries of all the contributions and of the debates.
Civil Society Media Seminar 2019 - the EU is (for) you: the role of civil society in communicating the EU
The 12th Civil Society Media Seminar, organised at the Aegli Zappiou in Athens, Greece, on 22-23 November 2018, looked in three panels at burning issues such as multiculturalism, growing nationalism and illiberalism and declining solidarity, which are challenging the values Europe is based on.
The 11th Civil Society Media Seminar, organised at the Spanish Economic and Social Committee in Madrid from 23 to 24 November 2017 looked at globalisation of media and news, particularly in connection with the rise of social media. In three panels it looked at topic from different angles: "Populismus – How should civil society meet the challenge of populism?", "Fake news – the new anti-media weapon?" and "Code of Culture – The driver's licence for social media use?"
"Communicating Migration" was the very timely topic of the 10th Civil Society Media Seminar, organised at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna from 24 to 25 November 2016.
It looked at the challenges the increase in migration brought along for those who were communicating about it. How do private and public organisations, civil society, governments or media and journalists deal with the different topics related to migration.