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.
As in previous years, the EESC will be present at the yearly Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP23, which this year takes place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017.
The implementation of the outcome of the Paris summit on climate change (COP21) is an important challenge and work priority for the EESC. Private companies, workers' associations, farmers, different kinds of civil society organisations, and informal groups of European citizens demonstrate, everywhere in Europe and in the world, that it is possible to develop effective low-carbon transition projects, beneficial both in terms of their climate impact and their economic aspect - many of them addressing social inclusion. The EESC has been calling for a comprehensive framework that aligns non-state and governmental actions over the long term, helping to meet the objectives of low-carbon and climate-resilient development.
The EESC will co-organise two side events at the COP23 which will take place on 8th and 15th November in the EU Pavilion. Please see the events tab for more information.
The European Economic and Social Committee at COP23