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 Social Economy Category is composed of members drawn from the Civil Society Organisations' Group and from the Employers' Group, representing cooperatives, mutual associations, foundations and social enterprises.
The category aims to promote and defend the interests of the social economy to the widest possible audience. It seeks to gain recognition for the substantial contribution of the sector to Europe's socio-economic development and to the success of the European integration process. Moreover, the Social Economy Category has repeatedly demonstrated its usefulness as a platform, facilitating peer-to-peer learning, the exchange of best practices and close cooperation with the European institutions and wider civil society organisations. Over the years, the Social Economy Category has encouraged the mainstreaming of the Social Economy in EESC opinions and other activities, as well as initiating a number of EESC commissioned studies on the sector.
The secretariat of the category is provided by the Civil Society Organisations' Group.