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 debate will serve to shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by two integral demographics in rural areas: women and youth.
The panellists will engage in a dialogue that not only recognizes the hurdles but also propels us toward concrete solutions for a more inclusive and vibrant rural future. The event will be moderated by Mr Peter Schmidt, president of the NAT Section, and will be followed by a discussion with the NAT section members. The debate will immediately be followed by the discussion and vote on the EESC Own-initiative opinion on the Role of Youth in Rural Development.
This event will be webstreamed in 3 languages (EN/ FR/ DE). We invite you to follow this event through the webstreaming!
The Rural Pact, stemming from the Long-term Vision for the EU's Rural Areas, is a framework for cooperation between public authorities, civil society, businesses, academia and citizens, at the European, national, regional and local level aiming at the overall well-being of rural communities. This pact acknowledges the diverse needs of these areas and endeavours to create a comprehensive framework that ensures no region or citizen is left behind.
Despite the invaluable contributions they make, women in rural areas often encounter disparities in terms of access to resources, education, and economic opportunities. Similarly, the youth population grapples with issues ranging from limited employment prospects to a potential exodus from rural regions, contributing to depopulation.
In the context of the European Gender Equality Week, the debate aims to unravel these challenges and explore potential strategies for fostering gender equality and empowering the youth in rural communities.