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.
09.15 | Introduction- An inter-institutional endeavour
A sustainable model for the EU and the world, Frans Timmermans – First Vice President of the European Commission
Connecting with stakeholders, Georges Dassis – President of the European Economic and Social Committee
One year of Circular Economy, Presentation of the report – The ambition goes on – Elżbieta Bieńkowska – Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Karmenu Vella – Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
10.00 | Plenary Session I - Keynotes - The Circular Economy in motion
What a city can do – Guido Braam – Circular Valley
What a business can do – Reinhard Schneider – CEO Werner & Mertz
Moderated panel discussion and debate with the audience
The keynote speakers will be joined by:
Ladeja Godina Košir, City of Ljubljana, cities and government platform, Circular Change
Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director-General of Bureau Européen des Unions des Consommateurs (BEUC)
Peter Schmidt, German Food, Beverages and Catering Union, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee