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.
While the EESC is getting ready to welcome online all 99 secondary school students and their supervising teachers, EESC members acting as communication contact points are visiting the selected schools to meet and exchange with national delegations. See some feedback from the visits to schools by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/youreuropeyoursay.
All these school visits are flagged as EESC events in the context of the Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE) and are encoded as such on the CoFoE platform, under the Education, culture, youth and sportchapters.
Your Europe, Your Say 2022! – YEYS2022 – has been flagged as one of the main events taking place during the European Year of Youth 2022.
09/12 - Random draw
One school will be selected from each of the 32 eligible countries.
03/12 - Registrations are closed
"Your Europe, Your Say!" is the EESC's annual event for young people. Schools from all of the 27 EU Member States, the 5 EU candidate countries and a Brussels-based European school are invited to apply to take part and one school from each country is then selected by drawing lots. The selected schools then each choose three pupils and one accompanying teacher to meet virtually and discuss, debate and draw up recommendations addressed to the EU institutions. A total of 99 students and 33 teachers will be invited to attend the event.
This year, the discussions will focus on disinformation and fake news. The goal of the event will be to raise awareness of the dangers of disinformation and to encourage the participants to become more active in the fight against fake news. It will focus on helping youngsters to detect disinformation easily and act against it. This EESC activity will be linked to the youth chapter of the Conference on the Future of Europe because a European youth that can make choices on the basis of trustworthy information is vital to our shared future.
The EESC, as the voice of civil society, wants to ensure that the ideas of Europe's younger generation are heard.