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.
In late November, the European Commission is expected to kick-off the annual cycle of economic policy coordination, including the publication of the new recommendations for the euro area for 2024. The EESC will contribute to the interinstitutional discussion with its opinion putting forward consideration from a civil society perspective. The discussion on the euro area economic policy recommendations for 2024 will be of particular importance in the difficult economic environment of low growth and high inflation, and at a time, when there is an increasing need for the EU to effectively address its common challenges. In this context, the EESC's ECO Section decided to organise a public debate on 18 December from 14:30-16:00 to discuss the way ahead for the EU economic policy.
Among others, the debate would examine what measures would be needed to protect against excessive negative effects of the current high-interest rate environment and how to protect the most vulnerable households and businesses, how to find the necessary public and private investments for financing common medium and long-term challenges, such as the green and digital transitions, how to ensure sufficient investment in R&D and productivity to safeguard Europe's competitiveness, how to reverse the trend of growing inequalities and ensure sufficient funding for important social priorities, such as education and housing, and, in general, how to reconcile the enormous investment needs with the need for fiscal consolidation under a new economic governance framework.