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.
At its plenary session of 26 October 2022, the EESC organised a debate in view of the adoption of its resolution on "Jointly tackling an existential threat: social partners and civil society for implementation of ambitious climate action". The debate was held in the context of the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2022 (COP27).
EESC vice president Cillian Lohanwelcomed Pegah Moulana, Advocacy Coordinator at Youth and Environment Europe, who thanked the EESC for involving youth in elaborating the resolution, and for including a youth representative in its delegation to COP27. However, Pegah Moulana also emphasised that despite all aspirations, we were still no closer to providing an adequate answer to the climate emergency.
EESC Resolution: Jointly tackling an existential threat: social partners and civil society for the implementation of ambitious climate action