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 opportunity to provide an opinion on the Third report on State of the Energy Union by the European Commission, as it did before for the first and second reports. As expressed in previous opinions, the EESC strongly supports the idea of a European Energy Union and would like to stress that the Energy Union is not only relevant to sectoral policies such as energy, transport and climate but offers opportunities to make Europe more democratic, more cohesive, more competitive, and more just.
To realise this vision, the EESC deems it important to set more ambitious targets, especially in view of the Paris Agreement, to include a long-term perspective for the Energy Union until 2050, to ensure that civil society is effectively involved in the production of energy transition plans at different levels, and to assess and address not only technical but also market and institutional barriers preventing the general public, consumers, communities, and SMEs from participating and benefitting fully from the clean energy transition.
A range of institutional innovations are therefore proposed by the Committee, ranging from a Social Pact for a Citizens-driven Energy Transition and a European Energy Information Service to a European Energy Transition Adjustment Fund and a Green Erasmus Pro.