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 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last year presented the important "Jobs, Growth and Investment Package" and recently, in March 2016, the new strategy on a "European Pillar of Social Rights". The EESC is particularly interested in both serious commitments and the link between these ambitious and integrated social and economic policies.
President Junker declared that he would support a “Triple A” social rating and that his package could invest in policies that would advance the EU's social agenda. The EESC Workers' group is focusing on the urgent necessity to establish a strong social pillar within the investment package. We want to support investments in social policies within the package that go beyond job creation and job access. Social investment is vital for both social and economic prosperity, and for achieving growth that is not only smart, but also inclusive. We firmly believe that it would ensure the long-awaited implementation of the Social Investment Package.
The Commission has previously pledged to advance the social situation of people in the EU, millions of who are living in poverty and are socially excluded. The investment package is a great opportunity to finally address Social Europe with concrete actions. The EESC Workers' group would like to focus on these investments, support the social pillar and relaunch growth and employment and trust in the European project.
Launch of the invitation to tender: estimated timing is 25/07/16
Deadline for submission of offers: 05/09/16
Contract award: estimated timing is 03/10/16
Draft report: within 6 weeks of the signature of the contract by all parties
Final report:within 9 weeks of the signature of the contract by all parties
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