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 event will bring together representatives of European institutions, the academic world and other civil society organisations to engage in a conversation with NAT Section Members.
Speakers will discuss:
why it is worth considering rural and urban development together to achieve sustainability and prosperity;
how to overcome the challenges of balanced territorial development and which opportunities are emerging;
how can the EU institutions concretely contribute to the development of a sustainable and holistic territorial approach for rural and urban areas.
► This event will be webstreamed and interpreted into EN, FR and DE. No registration is required. Viewers will have the opportunity to engage in the debate using the platform Slido, with the code #NATSection.
Today's demographic growth is concentrated in cities, but rural areas are still:
home to 55% of the EU population,
produce 45% of its gross added value, and
generate 50% of its jobs.
Yet, they have featured less and less on the political agenda in recent years while large‑scale projects and funding programmes have readily been targeted at towns and cities.
However, rural areas play a critical role in:
economic and social cohesion,
the contribution of countless services from various local ecosystems, including food production.
The damage caused by having swathes of deserted countryside in Europe is not just economic but also cultural.
All areas must instead be put at the heart of strategies to achieve and to localise the Agenda 2030 and a specific focus should be given on the interactions and co-development of rural and urban areas. Local civil society and business actors as well as citizens need also to be engaged to:
unlock the immense potential of rural and urban communities and