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.
Each month we introduce you to our surprise guest. This will be a well-known European figure who has been in the news and who will give us their take on the world: a breath of fresh air to broaden our horizons, inspire us and allow us to update our knowledge.
Our surprise guest is Professor Danuta Hübner, Member of the European Parliament. Her very rich professional career is dominated by international and European themes.
In Poland, Danuta Hübner was called Ms Europe because she was one of the most important people in Poland's accession to the European Union. In 2001-2004, she was Minister for European Affairs. In 2004, she became the first Polish member of the European Commission, responsible first for the portfolio of international trade and then for regional policy in Romano Prodi's and then José Manuel Barroso's Commission (2004-2009).
After winning a seat in the 2009 European Parliament (EP) elections, she became a member of the Group of the European People's Party, chairing the Committee on Regional Development. Re-elected to the EP in 2014-2019, she chaired the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
Re-elected for the third time in 2019, she sits on the Committee on International Trade, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, and the Constitutional Affairs Committee where she is the EPP's coordinator. She has been member of the EP Brexit Steering Group and is currently chairing the Monitoring Group on the implementation of Withdrawal Agreement.