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.
Georges Dassis will be going to Nicosia on 5 and 6 May for his first official visit to Cyprus since being elected president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU institution representing European civil society, in October 2015.
During his visit, Georges Dassis will:
· meet the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades;
· take part in an extraordinary session of the Labour Consultative Body, having been invited by Zeta Aemilianidou, Minister for Labour, welfare and social insurance, who hopes to strengthen the dialogue between Cyprus's main body for social dialogue and its European counterpart;
· meet the heads of a number of Cypriot civil society organisations and attend press conferences with them.
The visit will also be an opportunity to promote the report on migration and the refugee crisis published recently by the EESC in the wake of a series of fact-finding missions to key local actors, and to announce the ambitious work programme on the EU's social pillar to be undertaken by the Committee in the next few months at the request of the European Commission.