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.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella presented at the meeting of the NAT Section on 6 February his green-blue portfolio which contains responsibilities in the fields of the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries. The circular economy, the link to green jobs and the measures to protect nature are essential elements on the green side of his portfolio. On the blue side important issues are blue growth, including measures on aquaculture, and the progress on Ocean Governance. Commissioner Vella acknowledged the EESC's central role in setting up the circular economy stakeholder platform and thereby making this initiative more tangible for businesses, citizens and civil society.