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.
With the impact of climate change felt in the daily lives of European citizens, the subject will undoubtedly be centre-state in the considerations of European voters in the lead-up to the elections to the European Parliament next year.
The conference on 11 October 2023 will bring together approximately 140 participants, including the Members of the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), national and European level representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as European policy makers.
We will have the pleasure of welcoming Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, to the conference.
The discussions will centre around three topics:
Measuring the cost of climate change on households and families in the EU;
Addressing the impact of the climate crisis and climate actions on vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems;
Placing consumers at the heart of sustainable action against climate change.
The event will also provide the opportunity to publish the results of a novel study on climate change which was commissioned by the EESC at the request of the Civil Society Organisations' Group. Moreover, the discussions will provide the forum to exchange views on the draft EESC Own-initiative Opinion on the same topic, initiated by the Group.
The subject of climate change and its impact on European citizens has been the focus of much of the work of the Civil Society Organisations' Group over the last three years, notably in relation to the necessity for a just transition, a topic that we addressed at two events in Ireland and in the Czech Republic.
For more information, please consult the draft programme.
This is a hybrid conference. Participants can either join the conference at the EESC in-person or follow from remote. Registration is now closed. We invite you to follow the conference via webstream.
Should you have questions, please contact us by writing to: EmpoweringConsumers[at]eesc.europa.eu