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 European Economic and Social Committee welcomes the Commission's proposals and notes that many recommendations set out in earlier EESC opinions have been reflected in the Communication. The EESC calls on the Commission to take steps to explain more clearly the existing links between the post-2013 CAP objectives, instruments and financial resources. The CAP reform must be implemented in a way which guarantees the profitability of agriculture and a fair income for farmers throughout the EU...."