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 business world can play an active and important role here, along with the public institutions;
it is important that legislative proposals concerning businesses, the economy and the internal market are not uniform, thereby rejecting the one-size-fits-all approach and making the most of the "biodiversity of companies";
the European institutions must support the development of artificial intelligence and the proper use of big data;
it is important that changes to productive processes and to the economy in general take place in the context of constructive social dialogue and with due respect for workers' rights and quality of life;
the need to ensure social cohesion and fairness for an ageing and dwindling European population points to the future role that can be played by social and mutual enterprises.