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.
Τhe upcoming President's Conference on The Future of Democracy in Europe will be held on March 1–2, 2018 in Athens at the Acropolis Museum amphitheatre.
As an institutional body of the EU, the EESC provides civil society organisations from Member States a formal platform to express their views at European level. Committed to European integration, the EESC emphasises the need for a more participatory European Union that is relevant to citizens' concerns bringing into play the EESC members' expertise and representativeness. Working closely together with the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, our Committee plays a key consultative role in the Union's decision-making process promoting policies and legislation that tie in better with economic, social and civic circumstances on the ground.
Marking the end of the President's mandate of the EESC, the Conference aims to provide a platform of debate and awareness regarding the choices and challenges bearing upon the project of a truly integrated and democratic European Union, which he considers as the only valid future for Europe. The thematic sessions of the Conference will address challenges and risks posed by populism and technocracy, rising inequalities as a major threat to democracy and the prospect of European federalism vis-à-vis national sovereignty. This event will bring together leading exponents of the European and Greek political, academic and civil society spectrum.