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.
Tourism therefore plays a crucial role in achieving the Union’s most important goals, such as sustainable development, economic growth, employment and economic and social cohesion. Moreover, this sector influences many other areas such as transport, culture, construction and the environment and involves a wide range of services and professions. It is also very important in terms of the job opportunities it offers to young people. There are twice as many young people working in this sector than in the rest of the economy. Tourism thus also helps with regional economic development and promoting European heritage. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the notion of attractive, competitive, sustainable and responsible European tourism and has regularly highlighted the cross-cutting and complex nature of this sector.