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.
In March 2017, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched a joint European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP). The platform’s 24-member coordination group has now been chosen and the list of participants published.
Selected through an open call for expressions of interest, the coordination group will contribute in a crucial way to the activities of the ECESP for the next 3 years. The group brings together circular economy stakeholders, with representatives principally from:
The ECESP aims to accelerate the transition from a linear ‘take, make and waste’ economic model to a circular economy in EU countries. As part of this, it is tasked with strengthening stakeholder cooperation and identifying the social, economic and cultural barriers which currently hinder the development of a circular economy.
The ECESP will also have a website to serve as a virtual meeting place where all members of the circular economy community can interact. In this way, stakeholders can work together to deliver results – sharing good practice and expertise, as well as strategies and pledges for the circular economy. This website will go live in November.
The newly formed coordination group is to hold its first meeting in Brussels on 22 November. The next major conference on the circular economy is scheduled on 20-21 February 2018.