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.
SME: Goodvenience, Thuringia, Germany. Produces handcrafted and organic broths, soups, sauces, spices and oils.
Food retailer: La ferme à l'Arbre de Liège, Liège, Belgium. A small-scale supermarket on a farm selling organic products such as meat and flour, not only from the farm itself, but also from organic producers across the region (short supply chains) since 1978.
Restaurant: Lilla Bjers, Gotland Island, Sweden. An organic farm and restaurant which operates under the 'seed-to-plate' concept.