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.
10.00 – 12.30 The ECI today: lessons learned from the world’s first transnational participation instrument
Moderator: Maarten de Groot, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Carsten Berg, The ECI Campaign – Assisting at the birth; the beginnings and the Convention
Simona Pronckutė, "Fraternité 2020 – Mobility. Progress. Europe."ECI – Being the first ECI registered
Pablo Sanchez, "Right2Water" ECI – Being the first successful ECI
Olga Kikou, "End the Cage Age" ECI – Acting for the cause, understanding how the institutions work
Assya Kavrakova, European Citizen Action Service – Recognising the need to support ECI organisers
Christian Huesmann, Bertelsmann Stiftung – The ECI and youth participation
PetarMarkovic, "Voters without Borders" ECI – Registering the ECI under the new Regulation
DanielaVancic, Democracy International – Working local, imagining global
This panel will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a vote on the recommendations for a successful future ECI instrument based on contributions from the speakers.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch provided by the European Economic and Social Committee
13.30 – 15.30 Beyond the ECI: the future of EU citizens’ participation in the digital age
Moderator: Bruno Kaufmann, Global Democracy Correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
Welcome speech by Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography responsible for the Conference on the Future of Europe
Jamie Susskind, author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Elisa Lironi, Senior Manager European Democracy, European Citizen Action Service
This panel will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a vote on the recommendations for successful future participation and citizen engagement based on contributions from the speakers.
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 17.00 Beyond Europe: institutionalizing citizens’ participation around the globe
Caroline Vernaillen, Global Manager PR & Community Building at Democracy International: UN project "World Citizens' Initiative"
Mireia Borrell Porta, Secretary for External Action and the European Union for the Government of Catalonia and member of the European Committee of the Regions – "Strengthening and structuring citizens' participation in the EU"
Nathan Gardels, Co-Founder of Berggruen Institute and a team leader of the Redesign of Democratic Institutions team
This panel will be followed by discussion with the audience.