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.
On Thursday 9 February 2023, the Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hybrid public hearing to gather the view of international institutions, environmental law experts and European and Ukrainian civil society stakeholders on the EU's approach to protecting and enhancing a healthy environment for all.
As the conflict drags on and environmental damages of transboundary nature are piling up, adequate solutions are needed to identify, reduce and prevent environmental and social risks.
This public hearing aims to:
look into immediate EU responses to the environmental damages caused by the war in Ukraine, in collaboration with private actors and different civil society actors;
analyse key pieces of the EU legislation and other policy instruments to support the right to a healthy environment;
collect experts' view on the EU's approach regarding the protection and improvement of a healthy environment.
This event will be webstreamed on our website and interpreted into EN, FR and ES. If you'd rather attend in person, or connect remotely to take an active part, please contact us to request a registration form.
The conflict in Ukraine is inflicting unprecedented challenges to the environment, adversely affecting human health and well-being. The environmental damage caused by the war includes ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and contamination of arable and pasture fields, directly threatening future agricultural production and exposing the fragility of global food security. The environmental and social dimension of the war in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the need to improve and secure the right to a healthy environment that permits the enjoyment of fundamental human rights in the EU and beyond.