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 month's "One question to…" column, we ask Jaroslaw Pietras, former Director General at the Council of the European Union, to talk about an issue that is on everybody's lips and mind these days: the energy crisis.
Jaroslaw Pietras is currently visiting fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. From 1990 to 2006, he served in his native Poland as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, Secretary of State for Europe and Head of the Office of the Committee for European Integration. From 2008 to 2020, he was Director General at the Council of the European Union, covering a broad range of policy areas which included energy. With a PhD in Economics from the University of Warsaw, he is the author of a number of publications on the EU, sustainability and trade issues. He has also been a Fulbright Foundation scholar and a member of the board of the think-tank Bruegel (2008-2011).