President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU's only non-political advisory body. Based in Brussels, it enables civil society organisations across Europe to take part in the EU policy- and decision-making process. “Engaging people for a sustainable Europe” is Staffan Nilsson's political message for his term of office. He is committed to ensuring maximum civic engagement with Europe’s efforts to foster environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Since 1995, when he became a member of the EESC, he has actively brought his expertise to bear on the work of the EESC, mainly in the fields of agriculture, sustainable development and international cooperation. Staffan coordinated the EESC's work on the Lisbon Strategy and later on the Europe 2020 strategy. He has invested his time and knowledge in EESC cooperation with civil society in non-EU countries, such as China, Brazil, the ACP group and Russia. A member of the EESC Joint Consultative Committees (JCCs) established with accession countries in the past, he currently plays an active role in the EU-Turkey JCC and the Euromed Committee.
He has been a farmer in northern Sweden for more than thirty years now. In parallel with his farming business, Staffan has been an activist since his student years in the associative sector, and a long-standing leader in the Swedish Farmers' Federation and in other associations in the field of education and culture, development and aid.
You can get in touch with Staffan Nilsson by e-mail at: email@example.com
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