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 EU and the Japan Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), attended the 3rd EU-Japan Joint Dialogue with Civil Society, which took place in virtual format on 27 January 2022.
Civil society representatives from labour and business organisations, environmental groups, and other civil society organisations from the EU and from Japan were invited to join, and to exchange with one another, and with officials from the European Commission and from the Government of Japan, on matters related to the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development provisions of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
How did the Trade Dialogue go? We asked Tanja Buzek of European Transport Worker's Federation Europe and Elena Suarez of Business Europe.