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 our column "To the point", we invite EESC members to highlight aspects of an opinion or initiative that they consider important. This time we asked Veselin Mitov, co-chair of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform to explain the role of the platform and particularly its task in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform was established in 2015 under article 469 of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which was signed on 21 March 2014, to allow civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation of the agreement. (at)