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.
The hearing aims to gather the views of civil society representatives (farmers organisations and other stakeholders, with a particular focus on youth organisations) on the future of the CAP. Interventions from the European Commission (DG AGRI) and the Belgian presidency of the Council are also foreseen.
The invited speakers and participants will discuss:
The future of the Common Agricultural Policy in the context of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development
Farmers’ views on how to promote autonomous and sustainable food production in the EU through the post-2027 CAP
Stakeholders’ views on the key policies to achieve sustainable food production and thriving rural areas in the EU
Join us for the debate! Please register before 30 October. The event will be webstreamed on the EESC's dedicated webpage and interpreted into EN; FR; DE. Save the date in your agenda and engage in the debate using Slido, with the code #CAPpost27.
The current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) entered into force in 2023, paving the way for a fairer, greener and more performance-based CAP. This policy was drawn up before the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and the economic and energy crisis which worsened at the end of 2021. There is also growing scientific evidence on how food systems are affected by climate change, but are also contributing to it.
It is expected that a legislative proposal for the CAP post-2027 will be tabled during the mandate of the next European Commission in the course of 2025, with preparatory discussions starting already in 2024. Therefore, the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU asked the EESC to provide an exploratory opinion on strategies for the post-2027 CAP.