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.
Today and tomorrow we will be examining two issues of fundamental importance, not only for the EU and Brazil, but for the whole world: food security and sustainable development. The choice of these subjects should allow us to contribute to a political dialogue at multilateral level. I am very please that both issues are at the core of my programme as President of the EESC for the next two years and a half.
Staffan Nilsson Opening Speech EU Brazil Round Table Brasilia on 26.04.2011