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.
The EESC is convinced that islands, mountainous regions and sparsely populated areas face significant challenges and that there is a solid legal basis that obliges the EU to take action in order to tackle these challenges.
The EESC believes in developing tailor-made and place-based opportunities, solutions and policy measures, along with the corresponding funds’ earmarking for the EU's insular, mountainous and sparsely populated areas. Such initiatives will allow these regions, to reverse their "handicaps" in to fully exploitable potential, by highlighting their unique landscapes, cultural heritage and their long-standing communities. The EESC believes that it is of utmost importance to commit all actors, both at EU and national levels, to undertake efforts to assist the EU islands, mountainous areas and sparsely populated areas to meet the challenges they face.
In this context, the organised civil society has an important role to play and through this debate, the aim is to find the best practices and solutions so that these regions can perform better and recover from the multiple crises. Therefore the EESC- ECO section has decided to organise this public debate in the framework of the EESC own-intiative opinion on "Main challenges that EU islands, mountain and sparsely populated areas face".
The event is organised on 15.11.2023 starting at 10:00 and is accessible via webstream(original, FR, EN). No registration is needed.