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 exhibition also features cartoons and posters about the 2002 launch of the euro, which quickly rose to become the most widely used currency worldwide.
The project invites viewers to discover the journey from conception and planning to the inauguration of the euro and to its further development path to the present day and challenges the audience to reflect and more fully comprehend the scale of one single currency's significance.
It serves as both a representation of peace and the most concrete example of European integration.
As stressed by the ECO section of the EESC: "While a discussion has started at European level about the possible introduction of a digital euro, it is important to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Euro coins and banknotes. They represent the physical manifestation of our Economic and Monetary Union and are a symbol of a shared sense of European identity among citizens. Celebrating the Euro is especially significant, as the number of EU Member States using it as their currency is about to increase to 20, when Croatia joins the Eurozone on 1 January 2023."
The exhibition is being held at the EESC from 5 to 31 October 2022, partly on-site and partly online. This initiative is the result of a cultural partnership between the Communication & Interinstitutional Relations Directorate and the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Social Cohesion (ECO).