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's 350 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 welcomes the proposal to amend the EU legislation governing Energy Efficiency on the basis that the changes are necessary as a result of the UK leaving the EU. The EESC recognises that the changes are technical and welcomes the fact that they will enable the new EU of 27 members to continue plans to implement the Directive on energy efficiency and the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union.
The EESC strongly recommends that the EU should take advantage of all opportunities to involve civil society in achieving energy efficiency objectives, including the process of amendments, as necessitated by Brexit. The Committee also recommends that EU Commission commits to introducing a comprehensive EU wide communication strategy, which ensures that the objectives of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the regulation on Governance of the Energy Union are met as a matter of urgency, especially after Brexit.
Finally, the EESC recommends that the Commission takes due care to ensure that there will be no unintended consequences in terms of budget or human rights as a result of these changes.