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 3-4 November, the European Economic Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission will host the 2020 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, the main annual gathering of the European circular economy community. This year, in order to respect the current sanitary measures, the conference will be a digital event.
The theme of the 2020 edition will be the presentation and discussion of the new Circular Economy Action Plan to the European circular economy community, while at the same time considering and addressing the new recovery efforts – with a focus on the circular economy's potential for a green recovery.
Registrations are now closed. Please find additional information and webstreaming of many sessions on the Annual Conference page.
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) is a joint initiative of the EESC and EC. The purpose of the Platform is to provide a "network of networks" to support a stakeholder-driven transition from a linear to a circular economic model. There are three pillars to this platform:
The 2020 conference will build on the success of the 2019 event. While the first day provides an avenue for high-level political discussion hosted by the Commission, the second day at the EESC brings together perspectives from civil society organisations.