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 purpose of the hearing will be to contribute to the EESC own-initiative opinion by collecting suggestions on how to make the EU Climate Diplomacy more effective. We will explore the geopolitical repercussions of the European Green Deal for business actors and debate on how to intensify the dialogue on business opportunities and risks related to climate change. We will also see if climate change can lead to an intensified cooperation with EU partners and foster international trade.
The expert panels will debate on whether the EU should reconsider its approach towards climate diplomacy and will try to identify ways to facilitate climate action and better coordination of related policies at all levels (European, national, regional and local). We will look at how the EU civil society can be empowered to have a greater say on the implementation of the green transition. We will also discuss whether the EU should take a leading role when it comes to climate diplomacy and what are the implications of such a choice.