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.
welcomes the Spanish Presidency's initiative of setting the goal to eliminate HIV related stigma and discrimination in Europe by 2030;
shares the need for a high-level declaration from the European institutions, to be presented to the European Parliament on 1 December 2023, and undertakes to support it and take part in it at every possible level, way and forum;
considers that, in order to overcome stigma, discrimination and stereotypes, it essential to promote awareness-raising, training and information actions, especially in schools, involving organised civil society, youth and student organisations;
stresses the need for targeted information and institutionally implemented prevention programmes to reach key population groups, so that specific services can make contact with them proactively, possibly through non-governmental, community-based associations;
stresses the importance for host countries to ensure continuity and free HIV testing and treatment for Ukrainian refugees, improving the chances to get tested regardless of residency status;
calls for a more ambitious new target for all countries to be achieved by 2030, improving coverage levels to as high as 95% for testing, treatment and virological suppression;
calls for new and innovative strategies to improve early diagnosis and make more people aware of their infection by expanding diversified and user-friendly approaches to more widely available HIV testing.