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 27 October 2016, the Various Interests Group organized a conference on 'The role of the civil society in the European Energy Union: ensuring secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy' in Bratislava.
The aim of the conference was to obtain a better grasp of the role civil society has to play in energy security and the transition to renewable energy at both national and regional levels. The challenge is to channel civil society involvement and expertise towards creating more links, partnerships and dialogue between local, national and regional players.
Mr Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ, Vice-President in charge of Energy Union of the European Commission was the key note speaker of the opening panel and introduced the European Commission's point of view regarding the role of the Civil Society in the European Energy Union.
More specifically, the conference explored the following themes:
Energy security and efficient supply
Effective management of the transition to renewable energies
An Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy
Ways that energy policy can lead to national and regional development
The new electricity market's design and impact on vulnerable consumers