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 is an EU advisory body for EU institutions, the only non-political Brussels-based body participating in policy-making. Our first objective is to make the voice of organised civil society heard by the other EU institutions. Our role is to make recommendations and give advice the European Commission, but also to the EU Council, and to the European Parliament. Some 200 opinions are adopted every year by the EESC, mainly on economic and social affairs.
Speech by Staffan Nilsson at European Economic Congress