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 Saturday 22 September 2018, the European Economic and Social Committee will be present at the first "Jubel Festival" in the Léopold Park of Brussels. Three EESC members will run the EESC tent, engaging with the public and participating in a debate on "An active citizenship for a better European society". On the main stage, an EESC keynote speaker will discuss the "State of the Union: some reflections on the future of the EU".
This will be the first Belgian example of a Democracy Festival, along the lines of those held every year in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. It will be an excellent opportunity for European citizens to discuss the future of democracy and the future of Europe together with representatives of civil society, Europeanist grassroots organisations and the institutions of the European Union.