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.
In June 2024 EU citizens will not only elect the new European Parliament and chart the way to the formation of the next European Commission, both in charge until 2029, but also lay the foundations for the future of the EU and its global role well into the next decade. Political parties campaigning for the European elections and the future leaders of the EU have historic responsibilities. European citizens and civil society, political parties and European institutions need to enhance European democracy, social cohesion and prosperity within planetary boundaries and strengthen the EU’s global engagement for a cooperative world order. Decisive actions must be taken in the EU and globally before 2030 to avoid irreversible environmental tipping points and to keep a chance of achieving global goals, including the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. The new leaders of the EU will also be responsible for agreeing on the next EU seven-year budget (2028-2035) and negotiating the next global agenda for sustainable development to continue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) beyond 2030.
Scope and objectives
The discussions during this high-level hybrid event hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the theme of Europe’s future and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
featured the launch of the 5th edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR) which tracks annually since 2019 the performance of all EU member states and partner countries on the SDGs and is co-designed with civil society;
highlighted opportunities and mechanisms for further engagement with civil society organizations and the private sector to advance the SDGs in Europe.
The event was webstreamed with interpretation in EN, FR and DE. We invite you to watch the recording.