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.
I work for the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) and at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked intensively to secure food supply. Within LRF and our members, we have a structure for farmers in need. If a farmer falls ill, there are care groups who can help them with the animals or other practicalities during the illness. This system was set in motion rapidly in March.
LRF has also tried to help businesses match staff. One example of this was a vegetable producer employing people from a nearby hotel and there are many other examples. Initially, there was a shortage of staff in the vegetable and forest sectors but this has now more or less been resolved.
One very practical example is that the LRF office in Stockholm donated foils from overhead projectors to make protective visors for use in the healthcare system.