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.
On 21 November 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in cooperation with the Finnish Presidency, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Transport and Communication, organised a conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics and digital services for the well-being of citizens, which took place in Helsinki, Finland.
The aim of the conference was to discuss the opportunities and challenges provided by digitalisation, in particular cutting-edge digital tools, AI and robotics as well as the prerequisites to make this happen. It also addressed expectations for future steps of policy making on the European Level. The topics addressed in three workshops were digital healthcare and wellbeing, human-centric digital mobility services and different enablers for future developments. It also covered cases illustrating the current course and prospects for future developments.
The conference gathered together speakers and participants from the EESC, Finnish and EU level policy-makers, civil society organisations, civil servants, trade unions, entrepreneurs and academia.
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