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 18 June 2021, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Rural Parliament (ERP) will hold an online public hearing aiming to explore ways toachieve sustainability and prosperity through new ways of cooperation between rural and urban areas, building upon the debate held at the EESC NAT Section meeting of 8 March 2021.
This event will bring together a wide range of experts, stakeholders and European Commission representatives on rural/urban/peri-urban areas and balanced and equitable territorial issues to share ideas on how to co-develop a holistic, forward-looking approach for sustainable rural and urban development in the EU. These exchanges will contribute to the elaboration of an EESC own-initiative opinion on this topic, planned for October 2021.
Europe's rural and urban territories are not developing evenly.
It is critical to:
foster policies that curb this trend,
ensure a fair and sustainable transition to a wellbeing economy in all areas,
promote population rebalancing.
In particular, rural areas, which play a critical role in economic and social cohesion, in regions' resilience, and in the contribution of countless services from various local ecosystems, including food production, should be made more attractive for young people and businesses. This would improve the quality of life and well-being of all EU citizens, allowing them to choose where they want to live and work.