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 study aims at understanding the links between space and the civil society and explaining how the latter is involved and consulted in EU space policy-making. The report presents the complex governance of European space activities and the different organisations involved in it. It also describes the general impact of the space sector on European economy and analyses specific EU policies in more depth (on green, digital and security) to assess to which extent they integrate the use of space solutions. The study then identifies the gaps to fill in the EU toolkit and the barriers to overcome to better involve European citizens in EU space policy and its elaboration. The report concludes with recommendations for the EESC and other EU institutions for their future engagement with civil society on space policy. These recommendations focus on three dimensions: communication (to improve awareness on the benefits provided by space), action (to ensure a greater uptake of EU space solutions) and evaluation (to ensure the effectiveness of engagement activities).
EU space policy and the involvement of civil society