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 EESC is pleased to announce the five winners of the 10th edition of the Civil Society Prize, which rewards initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities, exploiting the full potential of Europe's cultural wealth, facilitating access to European cultural heritage and promoting European values.
An evaluation panel composed of ten experts chose the winners among the 150 applications received from 27 Member States. The work of the panel was very challenging and rewarding, considering the high level and quality of the applications.
The prize awards ceremony took place on 13 December 2018 during the EESC plenary session.
The first prize, of a value of 14.000 EUR, went to Tastes of Danube – Bread Connects (Germany), a project which uses the topic of bread as intangible cultural heritage that unites European people in their diversity.
The other prizes, of a value of 9.000 EUR each, went to:
2nd prize: SWANS initiative (Germany), which organises career and leadership seminars for top female university students from immigrant families and for women of colour, thus contributing to empowering this group of women who are often discriminated against.