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.
Successful experiences and promising practices from the 2021 EESC Civil Society Prize
Launched in 2006, the EESC's Civil Society Prize rewards creative and innovative initiatives – ongoing or completed – carried out by EU-based civil society organisations and individuals at European, national, regional or local level which promote and have a long-lasting impact on European identity and integration. Each edition has a specific theme. This year’s theme is climate action, celebrating effective and creative initiatives that promote a just transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
This brochure presents outstanding examples of civil society engagement demonstrating that there is a will to bring about change, a wealth of ideas among citizens and the expertise to make it a reality.