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 2023 UN Climate Change Conference will convene from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will actively participate in the annual negotiations as in previous years.
At COP28, the first Global Stocktake of the implementation of the Paris Agreement will conclude. Each stocktake is a two-year process, every five years, to assess the world’s collective progress towards achieving its climate goals. The first Global Stocktake is at the mid-point of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, including Goal 13 (climate action).
In a letter to parties dated July 2023, the Presidency announced that COP 28 will focus on four paradigm shifts:
Fast-tracking the energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030;
Transforming climate finance by delivering on old promises and setting the framework for a new deal on finance;
Putting nature, people, lives, and livelihoods at the heart of climate action; and
Mobilising for the most inclusive COP ever.
The EESC delegation will be part of the EU delegation and will count on the participation of the EESC President, the six members of the Ad Hoc Group on COP, plus theEESCyouth delegate to the UNFCCC.
The EESC delegation will engage in meaningful conversations, bilateral meetings and side events calling on the EU institutions and Governments to step up climate ambition, following science and scientific information, and focusing on the role of organised civil society to accelerate climate action.