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.
Webinar on Clean energy sources for the transition to a carbon-neutral economy
The event was webstreamed with interpretation into EN, FR and DE. Viewers had the opportunity to engage in the debate using the platform Slido, with the code #CleanEnergy2022.
Scope and objectives
On 28 January 2022, the EESC's TEN section held a public webinar, in cooperation with the EESC's INT section, in the context of the new European Industrial Strategy announced by the European Commission on 5 May 2021. The webinar concentrated on the relevance of the main clean energy sources and the impact of the current transition to a carbon-neutral economy on the markets and on society. The discussion also covered the following issues:
The expected energy mix on the way to a carbon-neutral economy;
The role of civil society in the energy transformation, within the framework of the Energy Union;
Synergies between the promotion of energy from renewable sources, the social transition and industry policies;
How to plan a transformation: the case of energy infrastructure;
Industrial emissions and the role of the accelerating investments in renewables.
Between June 2021 and March 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee is holding a series of events on the updated new industrial strategy, announced by the European Commission on 5 May 2021. The main objective of these events is to hear the view of civil society organisations on the future of European industry. Each event will focus on a specific aspect of the strategy, from the role of critical raw materials to industry's role in achieving the Green Deal, from Europe's competitiveness on the global stage to a truly just transition and public & private investments.