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.
As a human rights lawyer, I have been documenting war crimes in this war since Russia started it in 2014, so that sooner or later they would all be punished. As a human being, however, I understand that we cannot wait until then to stop them. That's why I advocate a quick start of Ukraine's accession to NATO.
EESCinfo: "You started working on Ukraine some years ago with the Oscar-nominated film "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom", and now you are back with a new film, "Freedom on Fire: Ukraine's fight for freedom". Is this part II of that story?"
Just one day before the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a resolution calling for Ukraine's swift accession to the EU in full respect of enlargement principles. The EESC supports establishing a special international tribunal on crimes of aggression against Ukraine, and points out that support to civil society must continue for "as long as it takes".
On 24 February 2022, the lives of millions of Ukrainians were turned upside down. Now, when we say the word "victory", we expect that day to be the way things used to be. A normal day, a day of peace, a 23 February 2022 one might say.
But no. For us, there will never be another 23 February. There will never be another day the way things were before.
On 19 July, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a high-level conference on relief and reconstruction of Ukraine, at which it pledged its full support for the war-ravaged country on all fronts.
At a meeting with journalists on 30 June 2022, attended by Sabine Verhest from "La Libre Belgique", Lorenzo Robustelli and Federico Baccini from Eunews.it, EESC members, Veselin Mitov, Marcin Nowacki, Kinga Joó, Andris Gobiņš shared testimonies of the activities of their organisations supporting Ukrainian civil society by providing vital assistance to them.