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.
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During a ceremony at the EESC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed the musician Ozark Henry as its Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium against human trafficking. The appointment of this a well-known Belgian performing artist is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support in the country to tackle human trafficking.
Georges Dassis welcomed the artist in the house of civil society as well as Jean-Luc Lemahieu, UNODC Director of Public Affairs, and Werner Bauwens, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and declared: "10,000 victims of human trafficking reported every year in Europe: this modern day form of slavery is a scandal and a crime against civilised society. Ozark Henry's appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador is a good news for Belgium and for Europe, as it will raise awareness and prompt many to action. I pledge that civil society organisations will stand by to support him, as they are the best placed to help identify victims and work actively on prevention. You can count on us to be a key partner in the fight against human trafficking."