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.
Civil society has everything to win from free and vibrant media.Not only does the latter support and foster civil society but it can also help to hold the authorities to account, to put civil society’s ideas and principles into action and inﬂuence the social change.
Europe need not be a passive bystander. It should not restrict itself to providing moral and political support but should also oﬀer practical peer-to-peer assistance involving civil society and media organisations across the Mediterranean.
Questions abound on what form cooperation and assistance should take and the best answers will come from active stakeholders in the region. Admittedly, Europe has its own challenges and media freedom shortcomings to address, which is why a lively exchange of practices with actors in the Mediterranean region will surely beneﬁt the two sides.
Civil Society Media Seminar - Freedom of media in the Euro-Mediterranean region