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.
EESC own-initiative opinion on Emergency preparedness
calls on the European Commission and Member States to urgently develop a plan to substantially increase the EU's single market autonomy/sovereignty regarding energy generation facilities, food and water production and the mining of the necessary raw materials, including sovereignty/autonomy for the relevant technologies needed;
recommends that the EU define short-term measures for building energy production facilities within the EU single market;
recommends that consumers be encouraged and supported to invest in their own energy production and efficiency;
believes that the EU should build new transport infrastructure for the transmission of energy and energy resources;
calls on the European Commission to develop plans and undertake EU-wide coordinated measures;
considers it essential to step up vocational training and skills for electricians and farmers and to create jobs in water stewardship;
recommends setting initiatives and incentives to increase the number of additional engineers, technicians and high-tech jobs in Europe and
believes it is important to keep the purchasing power of EU citizens and consumers high by focusing on the EU's technology sovereignty/autonomy and thus reducing its dependence on imports (technology and energy imports) and increasing the number of high‑tech jobs in Europe