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.
At this thematic debate, the authors of the report will:
present the key findings and policy recommendations of the Europe Sustainable Development Report 2020;
engage in a conversation with various stakeholders and the NAT Section Members.
The European Union must assume a stronger role in promoting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the outcomes of the Paris Agreement. Both provide useful and timely frameworks for mapping out a long-term vision for the economic, social, and environmental transformations that Europe needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already significantly affected health care systems and jobs and remains a major source of uncertainty. Yet, it also provides an opportunity:
putting Europe's future on a sustainable path, and
accelerating the implementation of key transformations for sustainable development.