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.
In this episode of our podcast, we explore the continuing migration crisis in Europe. The recent stand-off between Italy and France, both refusing to allow the Ocean Viking to dock on their shores to transfer informal migrants rescued off the coast of Libya, has pushed the issue back to the fore. Where does European migration policy actually stand right now? What has become of European solidarity since the tough trial of the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015? How did we come to have vulnerable migrants caught in a legal no man's land?
We'll be exploring the issue and looking for answers with José Antonio Moreno Díaz, member of the European Economic and Social Committee's Workers' Group and a lawyer specialising in migration and asylum; Louise Guillaumat, deputy operations manager at SOS Méditerranée, the NGO that operates the Ocean Viking and winner of the EESC 2016 Civil Society Price, and Tomas Miglierina, Brussels-based correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, with specialist knowledge of migration.