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.
EESC in a Flash with Oliver Röpke
President of the EESC Workers' Group
The Conference on the Future of Europe and Social Rights
‘To improve social justice means, first, that all working people and their families will have decent wages and decent working and living conditions. I think what people and especially working people and their families expect from the Conference on the Future of Europe is tangible results which will have an impact on the daily life, results which will improve their living conditions, their working conditions, results that will make sure that all the workers in Europe will enjoy decent wages.
What does the Social Progress Protocol propose?
A social progress political integrated in the treaties should make sure that fundamental social rights -including trade union rights- should not long be subordinated under the economic market freedoms. Across Europe, workers request to have the same wage for the same work at the same workplace. We cannot discriminate workers because they come from a different member state. Therefore, the Conference on the Future of Europe could be an option and must be an opportunity to push for such Social Progress Protocol.
How to reform the Stability and Growth Pact?
We cannot come back to austerity-based policies as in the past. And I think we should take the lessons, and the lesson is clearly that we need space for investments, also for public investments and therefore a reform of the Stability and Growth Pact should lead to a kind of Stability and Sustainability Pact, which leaves the space for future investments in healthcare, in public services, but also in the industrial change and in the Green Deal, in the green transition, in the digital transition. And we should use all those options to make sure that the Stability and Growth Pact Pact will guarantee all the flexibility that we need for the future.