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 20 July our Group kick-started its contribution to the EESC 2018-2019 Roadmap 'From Cracow to Sibiu and beyond' with its structured brainstorming session Regaining citizens' trust and confidence in the EU.
This project was launched by the Enlarged Presidency in Cracow, calling on all EESC bodies - the three Groups, the Sections, Observatories and temporary groups to define their communication on Europe.
This event raised the following core questions which led to lively debates:
What should be the EU's overarching/horizontal priorities?
How to regain citizens' trust and confidence: promoting an effective social policy, combatting poverty, social exclusion and defending a just migration system?
How to stimulate balanced economic growth and protect rights?
How to deliver a sustainable environment in partnership?
How to effectively promote and communicate Europe, whilst allaying security and populist fears?
What else do Europeans want and how could the EU deliver?
Many ideas related to youth, sustainable development, SMEs, peace, fundamental rights, the liberal professions, new forms of cooperation, rule setting, transparency, social innovation and communication on Europe were highlighted during the debates.
The next steps imply reworking the concrete recommendations tabled during this session into a full list of priorities.
Stay tuned to learn more about the outcomes of this session and the main recommendations of the Diversity Europe Group!