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.
The plenary session is set to include the following events:
Debate on Securing Media Freedom and Diversity in Europe (linked to opinion SOC/635) with Ricardo Gutiérrez, Secretary-General of the European Federation of Journalists and Julie Majerczak, Head of Brussels Office of Reporters without Borders, on Wednesday 22 September at 3 p.m.
Debate on the Cohesion policy (linked to opinions ECO/547 and ECO/550) with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, on Thursday 23 September at 10 a.m.