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.
This event will bring together representatives from several European institutions (European Parliament, French Presidency of the EU Council,Committee of the Regions, European Commission) to engage in a conversation with EESC NAT Section Members on the long-term vision and the implementation of the Rural Pact as well as the potential role and areas of collaboration for the EU institutions.
Speakers will discuss:
views from the EU institutions on the long-term vision,
potential role and areas of collaboration for the implementation of the Rural Pact
No registration is required. The event will be webstreamed on the EESC's dedicated webpage, save the date in your agenda and watch it live! Interpretation will be available into EN, FR and DE and viewers will have the opportunity to engage in the debate using the platform Slido, with the code #RuralPact.
Rural areas play a critical role in economic and social cohesion, in regions' resilience, and in the contribution of countless services from various local ecosystems, including food production.
To ensure this, the European Commission published on 30 June 2021 a communication setting out a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas up to 2040. It identifies areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities. This vision includes a Rural Pact that will mobilise public authorities and stakeholders to act on the needs and aspirations of rural residents.
The EESC is convinced that the future of Europe will depend onhow we deal with rural areas and that we need to harness the role of local communities, creating new economic activities and job opportunities in rural areas, while providing good-quality services and fostering synergies with urban areas. No areas or citizens may be 'left behind' in the just transition to a climate-neutral, sustainable and prosperous European Union, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Next Generation EU recovery, the Territorial Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
To deliver this vision, all Member States, regions, local communities and stakeholders will have to engage through different ways and channels, including the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Member States' strategic plans. The EESC believes that the Rural Pact will require all institutions to be active facilitators for local urban/rural communities.