• The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has looked into the advantages of modern industrial wooden construction at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The EESC adopted an exploratory opinion focusing on how EU proposals such as sustainable carbon cycles, the bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus can be used to drastically reduce the huge amounts of construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient.

  • Upskilling citizens for a successful ECI with impact!

    The 2023 edition of the EESC's annual European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day took place on Thursday 8 June. Participants in Brussels and online joined us to engage with high-level institutional representatives, civil society organisations and ECI organisers and supporters, and to discuss how to upskill citizens for a successful ECI with impact.

  • The 11th meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP) was convened on 8 June 2023 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

    During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the implementation of the priorities outlined by the European Commission and the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement/DCFTA. The Platform also discussed the implementation of the Chapter 14 on Employment, social policy and equal opportunities, as well as media freedom and depolarisation, and the mobility of Georgian workers.

    A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • A thriving civic space for upholding fundamental rights in the EU
    Seminar on empowering civil society

    The event is part of a series of three seminars on how the EU can further develop its role to protect, empower and support civil society organisations and human rights defenders.

    This seminar will explore how the EU can further enable civil society organisations and human rights defenders’ participation in policy-making processes, and how Member States can be supported in maintaining an enabling environment for civil society actors’ participation. The seminar will be co-organised with the European Commission.

  • Margarida Marques, MEP
    Policy debate with Margarida Marques, Vice chair of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG), European Parliament

    Policy debate with Margarida Marques, Vice chair of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG), European Parliament, on the upcoming Mid Term Review of the Multiannual Financial Framework and a second set of new own resources for the EU budget.

  • Extra sammanträde i Gruppen för civilsamhällesorganisationer

    Konferensen anordnas inom ramen för det svenska ordförandeskapet för Europeiska unionens råd.

  • The ECO Section organizes this public hearing to discuss on the current framework on resolution and insolvency, supervision, and bank deposit insurance scheme, and its reform. This event will bring institutional actors and civil society. Its conclusions will feed the work on the EESC opinion on the reform of the bank crisis management and deposit insurance framework.

  • Brexit has created significant challenges for policymakers in the European Union (EU), in particular in the financial sector, as the UK is now outside its regulatory framework. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes a very thin financial sector chapter and constitutes a limited basis for regulatory cooperation. The panelists will discuss recent trends in financial sector regulation across the Channel, including divergence between the EU and the UK, and the threats posed by this divergence for financial stability and the risks of further fragmentation.


  • CCMI/207

    The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) organised a hearing on decarbonisation of European industry and the role of innovation and digitalisation in driving it, with the participation of the European Commission.

  • CCMI/211

    The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) organised a hearing on the Critical Raw Materials Act, with the participation of many civil society stakeholders.