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 representatives of the civil societies of the EU and Japan, drawn from among European and Japanese employer, employee and consumer organisations, academia and other major stakeholders, met for the third time in Brussels on 28 May 2010. During the meeting, participants discussed mutual interests during a session on "Economic growth and jobs in a low-carbon economy", and in particular, civil society's role in the ongoing debate on the future shape of EU–Japan cooperation and their key expectations for the role that businesses, employees, academia, consumers, and society's other major stakeholders should play in this. Civil society leaders agreed on their recommendations for the successor to the 2001-2011 EU-Japan Action Plan