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 new composition of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee (SC) held its first meeting on 23 November 2015.
Mr Etele Baráth from Group III was elected the President of the SC and Ms Ellen Nygren, representing Group II, as Vice-President of the SC; the second Vice-President of the SC will be nominated in December 2015.
Mr Baráth delivered a presentation on 'Reviewing Europe 2020 Strategy'.
Mr Haag from the Secretariat General of the European Commission delivered a presentation on 'Launching the 2016 European Semester'.
During the meeting the SC discussed the revamped European Semester (COM 2015 600 final) and the draft work programme of the SC. The representative of the European Commission outlined core elements of the forthcoming Annual Growth Survey 2016.
The calendar of meetings for 2016 was as well adopted.