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.
Opening the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference at the European Commission on 6 March, EESC President Luca Jahier said the Circular Economy Platform and the ambitious initiatives emerging from it are again proof that Europe is at its best when it works together, when it pools the skills and know-how of its different stakeholders - EU institutions, organized civil society and European citizens.
The Sustainable Development Goals, ambitious though they may be, are a necessity rather than goals, and they can only be achieved by working together. And while we must embrace them, we should also see the many opportunities they offer.
The circular economy is one of these opportunities. It helps us not only to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, but also to win all around: economically by creating new business models, environmentally by pursuing resource optimization and socially by generating new jobs. This is why the EESC intends to push for it to be at the top of the European agenda in the next decade, said Luca Jahier.
The second day of the conference, which will take place at the EESC on 7 March, aims to give a voice to the people who are at the forefront of the transition to a circular economy – civil society organisations, practitioners and experts from across Europe. They will share best practices, showcase their success stories and discuss the challenges they are running into in developing their circular economy projects.
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform was launched as a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in March 2017. The two institutions are working closely together to develop the Platform as a space for the exchange of ideas and a growing body of information, and to make the circular economy happen faster to the benefit of all.
More than 350 circular economy stakeholders from across Europe shared their success stories and the challenges they face during the second day of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee on 7 March 2019.