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 EESC recognises that space is an irreplaceable strategic resource for meeting the EU's social, economic and security needs. It welcomes the advances made by certain programmes such as GMES and GALILEO, while also reiterating its desire to see appropriate funding secured for them.
The EESC acknowledges that space policy is an area of shared EU-Member State competence. It calls for a stronger partnership with Member States, including those which are not European Space Agency members, aimed at coordinating their respective space policies and competences.
The EESC also emphasises the key contribution made by space policy in the area of security and defence.
The EESC concludes by stressing that the EU needs to step up cooperation with its partners, such as the US, Russia and Japan, and possibly to seek to make agreements with emerging space powers, such as China, India and Brazil.