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 EESC, home of organised civil society in Europe, had the opportunity to host the Assembly of the Economic and Social Committee of the "Grande Region" (CESGR) on Wednesday 11 May. The CESGR, founded in 1997, is located in Luxembourg and is made up of 36 members from four different regions: the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg, Wallonia, the French and German-speaking Communities of Rhineland-Palatinate, and Sarre and Lorraine.
The Assembly took place in the presence of the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, who had the pleasure of welcoming the members of the CESGR before the session opened. Alongside Mr. Dassis was the Minister of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation responsible for Agriculture, Nature, Forestry, Rural Affairs, Tourism and Sports, René Collin.
Mr Dassis congratulated the CESGR on its activities and the work it had accomplished to date, and agreed with Mr Collin that it was crucial today to mobilise the support of the people of Europe for European integration and, at the same time, to bring the European Union closer to its citizens.