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 contribution of the European Economic and Social Committee and the national Economic and Social Councils to the Conference on the Future of Europe
The presidents and secretaries-general of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the EU’s national Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) met in Paris on 22 and 23 November 2021.
Following an in-depth and rich debate, they present the following conclusions, which reflect full support for an ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe that will deliver tangible results, in order to make the European Union stronger, more future-proof and closer to its citizens. To achieve this, the EU must listen and act upon the messages and proposals of European and national organised civil society.
Participatory democracy and its role in making the EU resilient and future-proof
The annual meeting of the EESC and the EU's national Economic and Social Councils stressed the importance of participatory democracy in making the EU stronger and future‑proof and called for real change as a result of the Conference on the Future of Europe.