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.
The Consumers and Environment Category is currently composed of members who are all drawn from the Civil Society Organisations' Group (Group III), and most of whom represent consumer and environment organisations or are experts in these areas. Most of them are also members of the INT, TEN, SOC and ECO sections.
The category's main objective is to discuss documents proposed by the European Commission and to ensure that consumer rights and environmental protection are taken into consideration in all of the EESC's work. The category is a forum for participants to discuss the policies implemented in the countries they represent in the EESC.
The secretariat of the category is provided by the Civil Society Organisations' Group.