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 Liaison Group is concerned at the shortcomings of Europe 2020, in particular the failure of the European Union to: (i) tackle poverty and social exclusion, a target where the situation has regressed since the strategy was launched; (ii) promote social rights as a priority in its economic policy; and (iii) provide sufficient space for structured dialogue with organised civil society that will have a tangible impact and make tangible contributions to the European Semester process.
Europe 2020 - Contribution to the Integrated Report 2016