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.
08 November 2023 | 09:00 - 16:00 | EESC | Room JDE52 | Rue Belliard 99, 1040
This high-level conference was an opportunity to look into the actual implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) and see whether investments and reforms manage to address social challenges.
Speakers included representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, the European Network of Public Employment Services, EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality), Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), CEPS, KU Leuven, Youth representatives and social partners at EU (BusinessEurope, ETUC) and from national organisations.
The first Session, on 'Advancing the social objectives of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans through the European Semester' explored the connections between the NRRPs and the European Semester.
The second session, on 'The gender dimension in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans' focused on ensuring an adequate gender dimension in the NRRPs' implementation and monitoring.
The third session, on 'The youth dimension in the national recovery and resilience plans – a focus on employment measures' looked at the impact and relevance of the NRRPs for young people and youth organisations.
Finally, in the Keynote session on 'Promoting social cohesion through the national recovery and resilience plans' speakers concluded, looking towards the future and considering the role of social dialogue and participation of civil society organisations as the key tool for building partnerships to deal with existing and emerging challenges.
A summary of this event will be available shortly on the event's web page.