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.
Crisis or not, we are now working in an open trading area, and in a globalised world. Europe will not build a sustainable society that is prosperous in the long term without the rest of the world. We need to share the same objectives even if we don't use the same tools.
As an open globalised economy we must TOGETHER identify and share good practices. It is in all our interests.
The role of entrepreneurs in channelling such investment for economic recovery is key to ensuring a competitive and dynamic economy. To make sure that this renewed economy is sustainable in the future, we must invest in education in entrepreneurship.
We must focus on untapped human capital. This mainly means young people, women, older workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups.
Staffan Nilsson`s conclusions of the ETF Conference: Towards excellence in entrepreneurship and enterprise
For the EESC, the EU first and foremost requires the necessary political will and a precise vision of substantially closer and better European integration. What we need is a comprehensive approach to sustainable growth and employment, a European plan for growth – a "New Deal" if you will – that should be launched with more involvement of civil society organisations.
Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the EMI Workshop “Lessons from the financial and economic crisis and its implications for the future of the EU”
This conference comes very timely. We all can feel that European governments and citizens are waiting for the results of the elections in Greece. Only then European Member States will be able to meet again and to decide what solutions we can create together to boost European Growth.
President opening speech at the conference: The Sovereign Debt Crisis: Towards Fiscal Union in Europe?
European integration must move forward and be strengthened. We must concentrate on opportunities, growth and jobs, social justice and a sustainable Europe and European Union. And I hope the Irish Presidency will go in this direction when taking the helm of the EU.
EU leaders and members of the other EU institutions have on numerous occasions paid tribute to the EESC’s knowledge and experience and the added value they bring to our endeavours. The European Economic and Social Committee is there to advise and support the Irish EU presidency, based on the grassroots experience of its members and on its long-standing tradition of cooperation with EU presidencies.
Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the conference "Ireland’s Presidency of the EU- Priorities and challenges"
Lors de sa session plénière des 22 et 23 février 2012 (séance du 22 février 2012), le Comité économique et social européen a exprimé sa vive préoccupation sur l'état de l'Union, a adressé un appel pressant aux institutions européennes et aux gouvernements des Etats membres afin qu'ils fassent tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour réaffirmer dans les faits la valeur absolue et indispensable de l'unité européenne et a adopté la présente résolution.