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.
Consumers in the digital world: safeguarding youth and enforcing laws
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The objective was to reflect on how to achieve more efficient enforcement of the existing consumer protection legislation and how to tackle the challenges posed by the digital realm, with a special focus on minors.
On 9 June 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee is hosting a hearing in conjunction with its opinion on "Advertising through influencers and its impact on consumers", which was requested by the upcoming Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Since 1999, the EESC has been organising the European Consumer Day where consumers gather to influence the EU debate.
The topic of this year was "Empowering consumers for a more sustainable world". The objective was to reflect on how to give consumers the information they need and how to help them make the best choices when purchasing a product.
Round tables focused on topics such as tech for good, the right to reparability, the functional economy, consumption and health. The event held both in Brussels and online. It gathered high level speakers and representatives of EU institutions, national governments and civil society organisations.
The aim of the conference is to look at how the European Union can be more active in this area, especially through better cooperation among the key stakeholders. The conference will take place in ahybrid format.
Digital and green transitions: contradictory or complementary? The consumer viewpoint
In making their choices, consumers cannot always take into account the digital dimension and the ecological dimension at the same time. A young consumer who would be tempted to replace his mobile phone every year to keep up with digital developments cannot at the same time take into account the environmental impact of the transport of devices often coming from Asia.
In the framework of the elaboration of its own-initiative opinion on "Advertising for modern, responsible consumption", the EESC organized a hearing which aimed at gathering the point of view of different actors. The conclusions of the hearing will then be integrated into the opinion.