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.
Running a European citizens’ initiative is not an easy task. Not only does the yearlong+ campaign require extensive time commitment, preparation, and dedication, but it often comes with a hefty cost. On June 3, at the 10th edition of ECI Day, we discussed how to fundraise for an ECI with the help and input of three experts: Olga Kikou from the ECI End the Cage Age, Virginia Fiume from ECI Stopglobalwarming.eu, and Anne Hardt, fundraiser at Democracy International.