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 issue of critical raw materials is topical and gaining momentum. It also touches upon the question of strategic autonomy and there is a great need to continue the public discourse and civil society engagement on this subject to find concrete solutions to these acute challenges. Following the publication of the European Commission's Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been carrying out extensive work on topics linked to mining and raw materials. An important event in this process has been the conference held on 31 January 2022 entitled "Critical raw materials: an essential building block for the future of Europe".
Critical raw materials: an essential building block for the future of Europe