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.
On 18-19 November, the European Economic and Social Committee held its Connecting EU seminar 2021. Entitled "What kind of Europe do you dream of? Civil Society and the Conference on the Future of Europe", the Connecting EU Seminar debated three issues that will be crucial for tomorrow's Europe. The event was held fully in person in the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
Entitled "What kind of Europe do you dream of? Civil Society and the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)", the Connecting EU Seminar will broach three topics that are among the nine proposed for citizens' discussions under the Conference. They are:
stronger economy, social justice and jobs;
The EESC believes these to be the issues closest to the hearts of Europeans or at the top of their concerns. The topics will be discussed in three panels, with speakers from academic circles, researchers and media and NGO representatives.
The EESC's intention with the seminar is to show its deep commitment to the CoFoE as a key step towards regaining people's trust in and support for the EU. It hopes that the participants, both those present in Lisbon and those following via live stream, will communicate the takeaways from the seminar to members of their organisations back home.
In this way, the event can help to get more Europeans involved in the debate on Europe's future, helping them to express their ideas, wishes, concerns and expectations about what kind of Europe they dream of.