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.
Organisers: European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois); European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC); European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the EESC's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI).
New uses of wood in the construction of homes and other buildings is an exciting area that offers unprecedented prospects for sustainable growth and very real employment opportunities for the European economy. Wood products can be used in the construction of various kinds of houses and buildings either on their own or together with materials such as concrete or steel. They combine highly prized benefits such as thermal and sound insulation, CO2 absorption, durability, improved resistance to earth tremors and safety for health, as well as promoting the sustainability of Europe's forests and jobs for local workers. The strong demand for wood from Asian economies, which then re-export it to us as manufactured goods, is prompting a large number of mill and factory closures in Europe. Challenged by a scarcity of this very precious raw material and the need for training and promotion, the industry's business and labour representatives set out the sector's evolution, strengths, difficulties and prospects.