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 Farmers’ Category held a half-day meeting on Tuesday 27 January 2015. The category spokesperson Yves Somville (BE) introduced the main topic for discussion: ‘Current situation and perspectives for the agricultural market’ to which a number of actors were invited. Mr. Pierluigi Londero, Head of Unit of DG AGRIE.2 – Agricultural modelling and outlook, presented the short and medium-term prospects for EU agricultural markets and Prof. Jose-Maria Garcia-Alvarez-Coque, of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, presented a study for which he was co-ordinator entitled: ‘EU member States in Agri-food world markets: current competitive position and perspectives’. The members then heard from the rapporteurs, members of the Category, about the current state of play of the ongoing draft opinions (NAT/633, NAT/630 and NAT/655) and finished the morning examining some proposals for the 2015 category work programme.