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.
This cooperation agreement is founded on a key political component. In fact, the European Parliament is strengthening its cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions throughout the legislative procedure by ensuring better coordination of the work of the three institutions. Thus there will be cooperation upstream, with own-initiative opinions, and downstream, where the Committees will carry out assessments on the ground of the impact of European directives and programmes.
The agreement also has an administrative component: synergies will be created inter alia in translation, research and documentation services.
Anticipation, coordination and optimisation are the watchwords of this tripartite agreement, which comes into immediate effect once signed.
Cooperation Agreement betweeen the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions