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 was prepared by EESC for the COP21. The EESC wanted COP21 to be a major milestone to place the international community on the right track to limit global warming to a below 2°C compared to preindustrial levels, while developing appropriate tools to face the adverse effects of climate disruptions.
However the EESC’s principal message was to strongly advocate in favour of full recognition, involvement and empowerment of civil society organisations, including businesses, trade unions, NGOs and more generally citizens, who are the ultimate drivers of change. A successful implementation of ambitious climate policies will need the full participation and commitment of civil society at large.
The EESC - The Voice of the European Civil Society at COP21