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.
9.30 to 9.40 a.m.Welcome address by Filipe ARAÚJO, Vice-Mayor of Porto
9.40 to 10.40 a.m.Opening Session
Christa SCHWENG, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Francisco ASSIS, President of the Economic and Social Council of Portugal
H.E. Georges RebeloPINTOCHIKOTI, Secretary-General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)
10.40 to 11 a.m. Coffee break
Part I - The institutional framework under the Post-Cotonou Agreement
11 to 11.15 a.m. Setting the scene
Keynote speech by Domenico ROSA, Head of Unit, Head of the Task Force on Post Cotonou, Strategic Partnerships with Africa and OACPS, DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA), European Commission
11.15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement: state of play and participation of civil society
Alessandro BOZZINI, Project Manager on Stakeholder Engagement in the OACPS-EU Partnership, Open Government, Civic Space, and Public Communication Unit, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Khalid BOUDALI, Presiding Officer of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)
Idriss ILALI, Member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of the Kingdom of Morocco, representing the Preisident of the Union of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions of Africa (UCESA)
Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, President of the EESC External Relations Section
Afternoon - 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. Study visit to the University of Porto