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.
explore the various aspects of sustainability, from environmental to social sustainability such as the payment of living incomes and wages, and how they have been translated – or not – into competition law.
explore existing and forthcoming guidelines, remaining areas of legal uncertainty, and how to reach a coherent approach for competition law in times of corporate due diligence.
present recent sustainability initiatives considered and/or implemented by companies, and explore the issues faced, providing practical advice as to how to structure and manage a competition law compliant sustainability initiative.
Modern-day global supply chains are often characterised by imbalances of power:
an unfair sharing of value, and
the continuous struggle to produce cheap goods.
This puts a huge burden on the environment and on people's livelihoods, through a race to the bottom.
Competition law has had a chilling effect on reshaping global supply chains. Practitioners and enforcers are considering how competition law can take into account sustainability concerns and then also contribute to the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.