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.
In the context of the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the European Economic and Social Committee invites you to a public debate where we will explore how the EESC is working towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in practice – both with civil society, and within the Committee itself.
The SDGs can be implemented both as top-down goals, with governments and institutions providing the driving force, and as bottom-up initiatives by non-state actors and civil society. As a representative voice for civil society at a European level, the EESC is ideally placed to support both. The work, however, doesn't stop with just supporting action for the SDGs – the Committee strives to practice what it preaches.
On 28 September, the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will:
look at how SDGs can be used to promote transparency in governance,
present some examples of how specific SDGs are supported - both for civil society, and within the Committee - and
explore the next stages for civil society's role in the SDGs.
The EESC is also delighted to have the Italian economist and Co-Chair of the UN Secretary General’s “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” Professor Enrico Giovannini, and former Commission Director-General for Environment and current Senior Advisor to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) dealing with Sustainable Development, Mr. Karl Falkenberg as keynote speakers for this public debate.