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.
Hungarian Academy of Science
9 Széchenyi István square
1051 Budapest, Hungary
Objectives of the conference
To contribute to a broad public debate on the transition towards a new European Strategy, Post Europe 2020 during a time when Europe is undergoing profound transformations raising new questions about the future of Europe and the European project;
To address developments starting from the Lisbon Strategy to the recent Juncker Plan and lessons learned from stabilisation efforts made after the crises;
To identify different approaches and possible solutions to safeguard European values such as peace, cohesion and dynamism;
To address the global transformation of the economy and society through digitalisation and accelerated technological changes (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) in order to manage a transition towards a more sustainable European future;
To formulate a position on a new sustainable boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment;
To give orientation on the new responsibility of the civil society for a sustainable European future;
To contribute to the new relation of the macroeconomic stability and a dynamic welfare system.
In 2010 the European Union (EU) launched the 10-year strategy replacing the Lisbon Strategy: the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Strategy set the EU common goals and policy priorities until 2020. During the last seven years, the EU and Member States implemented the Strategy with the support of the European Semester. Other initiatives have been adopted to secure the economic recovery. In 2015 the Investment Plan for Europe (the so-called Juncker Plan) was launched to address the low levels of investment around Europe. However, the Europe 2020 Strategy is soon coming to an end and the EU needs to prepare the new framework for the next decade and beyond.
Since 2010 Europe political and economic situation has intensely changed. While Europe is progressively recovering from the long-lasting effects of the economic and financial crisis; new political, economic, environmental and social challenges have emerged. All actors agree that the EU is at a crucial crossroads and its future is at stake. The new context requires a renewed framework that strengthens Europe's response to these challenges and provides a new sustainable horizon for the European project.
In this context, a period of reflection was initiated with the publication of the European Commission White Paper on the future of Europe in March 2017 and should conclude with the European Parliament elections in 2019. This conference feeds into this reflection by bringing together civil society to discuss and provide their key contribution to the transition towards a new post-2020 participatory long term strategy.