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.
Moderator: Dimitris Dimitriadis, president of the section for External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Christa Schweng, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Aawatif Hayar, Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, SocialIntegration and Family
Ahmed Réda Chami, president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco (ESEC)
Abdelkader El Khissassi, deputy secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean, head of the Economic Development and Employment division t
11:00–11:30 Coffee break/press conference with opening session panellists
11:30–11:45 Special Session: Debriefing on disaster management in the Mediterranean
Mustafa Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, co-chair of the Turkey-EU Joint Consultative Committee
Violeta Jelić, co-rapporteur, REX/542 , EESC
11:45–13:00 Session 1: COVID-19: The role of civil society in the reconstruction and resilience of the Euro-Mediterranean region
This session will be based on draft information report REX/537 on the same subject, which was drawn up by the EESC and sent to the delegations before the summit. It will provide an opportunity to address a number of issues in a broad discussion with the audience.
Moderator: Jihen Boutiba, general secretary, BUSINESSMED
Thomas Wagnsonner, study group member REX/537 , EESC
Moncef Ziani, member, Moroccan ESEC
13:00–14:30 Networking lunch hosted by the EESC
14:30–16:00 Session 2: Workshops
This session is dedicated to work in smaller groups, in order to develop more specific recommendations.
Workshop 1 - The road to economic recovery
Moderator: Dolores Sammut Bonnici, EESC member and executive board member of BUSINESSMED
Dan Catarivas, ESC of Israel
Adrien Labaune, Head of the Diplomatic service, CESE France
Mariarosa Lunati, senior advisor, Middle East and Africa Division, OECD
Workshop 2 - Mitigating the social impact of COVID-19
Moderator: Majed Al-Helou, member, ESC of Palestine and chairman, Palestinian Pension Agency
Mohamed Abdallahi Siyam, vice-president, ESC of Mauritania
Patrick Itschert, deputy secretary-general, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Ricardo Irra, social protection specialist, ILO
Workshop 3 - The impact of COVID-19 and the Ukraine war on sustainable development in Euromed
Moderator: Lidija Pavić-Rogošić, EESC rapporteur for "REX/526 - Sustainable development in the Mediterranean region"
Cristina Estévez Navarro, vice-president, ESC of Spain
Gian Paolo Gualaccini, coordinator, Commission for European Affairs and International Cooperation, CNEL Italy
Rym Ayadi, founder and president, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–18:00 Session 3: Restitution of the workshop conclusion
In this session, the moderators of session 2 will present the main recommendations developed in their respective workshops.
Jan Vandenberghe, Head of the Trade Section, EU Delegation to Morocco
09:10–10:30 Session 4: Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood
Session 4 focuses on the strengthened Mediterranean partnership with a budget of up to € 9 billion (2021-2027). Participants will be able to debate its potential to alleviate the economic and social impact of COVID-19 and to foster integration within the Mediterranean region.
Moderator: Metri Al Mdannat, secretary-general, ESC of Jordan
Ioannis Paidas, president, ESC of Greece
María Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, EESC rapporteur for "REX/540 - A new Agenda for the Mediterranean"
Roger Albinyana, managing director, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:15 Session 5: Networks in the Euro-Mediterranean area – developing regional cooperation
Session 5 gives the floor to regional networks to present their activities and enhance their visibility.
Moderator: Apostolos Xyrafis, secretary-general, International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) & ESC of Greece
Arianna Censi, vice-president, Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) of the European Committee of the Regions; city councillor responsible for mobility, City of Milan
Josep Ferré, executive director, Anna Lindh Foundation
Marion Steff, manager for international cooperation, European Disability Forum, presenting the Euro-Mediterranean disability rights network
Vicent Garcés Ramón, president, Mediterranean Citizens' Assembly Foundation (MCAF)
12:15–12:30 Closing session/Euromed Summit 2022
Ioannis Vardakastanis, president, Euromed Follow-Up Committee, EESC