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 Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has been the main framework for relations between the continents of Europe and Africa since 2007. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration. To this end, meetings of EU-African economic and social stakeholders are held on a regular basis.
The 5th Summit of AU-EU Heads of State and Government took place at the end of November 2017, offers African and European leaders a critical opportunity to respond to the changing context and to reform and deepen the EU-Africa partnership.
In order to provide their contribution to the summit, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Ivory Coast's Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council (CESEC) co-hosted an economic and social stakeholders' meeting in Abidjan on 16 and 17 November 2017.