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.
23 November 2023 | 14:30 - 16:30 | EESC Jacques Delors Building, Atrium 6
In view of the next Belgian and European elections, the EESC, in partnership with the Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations, brings together staff from across European institutions and Belgian representatives to discuss the participation of European civil servants in Belgian life.
The meeting will address AI-related issues with a focus on a just digital transition in the morning. In the afternoon session participants will explore ways in which sustainable competitiveness and investment can be achieved for the well-being of EU citizens.
The 12th meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) will be convened on 17 November 2023. During the meeting, a debate will focus on assessing the implementation of the priorities outlined by the European Commission and the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement/DCFTA. The Platform will also discuss the digital transition in Georgia, as well as legal and practical issues of labour migration in Georgia and in the EU.
On 17 November 2023, the Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems (PG) and the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will hold a joint meeting on the theme "Sustainable food systems as drivers for the implementation of the SDGs" to bring together members of the two EESC bodies and representatives from the European Commission and other stakeholders from the agri-food chain.
Trg Nikole Pašića 5 (2nd floor)
The EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) will held its 16th meeting on 17 November 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia. It is a platform established within the institutional framework of the EU‑Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), enabling representatives of both the EU and the Serbian civil society to monitor the country's accession negotiations, discuss issues of common interest and point out concerns to be tackled on the Serbian path towards the European Union.
Organised civil society: an active guarantor of the twin transition and participatory democracy
Palacio de Fernán Núñez
The 2023 annual meeting of the presidents and secretaries-general of the national Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) of the European Union and the European Economic and Social Committee was held on 16-17 November 2023 in Madrid (Palacio de Fernán Núñez). The topic of the debates was "Organised civil society: an active guarantor of the twin transition and participatory democracy".
The EESC is convinced that islands, mountainous regions and sparsely populated areas face significant challenges and that there is a solid legal basis that obliges the EU to take action in order to tackle these challenges. In this context, the organised civil society has an important role to play and through this debate, the aim is to find the best practices and solutions so that these regions can perform better and recover from the multiple crises. Therefore the EESC- ECO section has decided to organise this public debate in the framework of the EESC own-intiative opinion on "Main challenges that EU islands, mountain and sparsely populated areas face.
The ECO Section of the EESC will organise a public debate with the title: "Gender inequality in access to financial markets. Causes, consequences and policy solutions" in order to present the views of different actors and discuss on the gender gaps in the access to funding and on investment.