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.
When you arrive in Brussels by plane on the 18th or the 19th of March, we will meet you in the arrival area of Brussels Airport at the European Information Desk and you will easily recognise us with our Your Europe, Your Say banner. The hostesses will give you your information kit and your tickets for the transfer by bus to the city.
For those who will arrive to Brussels by train, from Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and The Netherlands, you will receive a package with your information kit around the 14th of March, which will include your itinerary for the entire YEYS event, with your ticket buses and your information on how to go to your hotel.
If you are part of the French or the Turkish delegation, you will arrive in Charleroi Airport where a shuttle will pick you up from the airport to the hotel.
The hotel is the First Europe Flag Hotel, just five minutes' walk from the Schuman Square and around 10 to 15 minutes' walk from the EESC.
In order to have a pleasant breakfast you will be divided in three groups with different time slots, starting at 6:15 in the morning, then 6:45 and the last one at 7:15.
Getting to the EESC
After breakfast, you should go to the entrance of the hotel where our trainees will pick youup. We have two programmes, one for the teachers, who will leave the hotel at 8:00 in order to reach the European Commission on time and one for the pupils, who will leave the hotel at 8:15. Please, don’t forget to bring with you your badges and your ID cards or passports.
Free time in Brussels
For those of you arriving on the 18th of March or in the morning of the 19th of March, you will have some free time to explore Brussels. You will be expected on the 19th at 12:30 at the EESC. You have all the information needed in your emails and your practical info.
COP-simulation group division
Once you arrive at the EESC, you will receive the colour that will match your group. There will be three groups, the green, the red and the blue committee. Once divided in committees, you will be divided in sectors by the moderators.
The teachers will have their own programme. They will go to the Commission, the Parliament and the Council of the EU to do trainings on teaching methods regarding the EU. The teachers will then join the students for the final plenary session on Friday at 14:30.
On Thursday, the 19th of March, at 18:00 the students will present their one-minute pitch of an original idea to combat climate change. After each idea is presented, all the students will vote for their favourite. The idea with most of the votes will win. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to attend the EYE event in Strasbourg. Please send us the title of your pitch beforehand.
Last plenary session
After the last plenary session, the delegations can prepare and present something regarding their culture. It can be a musical or a dance performance. At 17:00 the event will end, so for those who will still stay in Brussels, you can explore the city. If inspiration needed, please take a look at the Info Kit, where you can find some suggestions on what to do in Brussels.