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 (EESC) kick-off event ‘Bringing the European project back to citizens’ was held in the context of the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. This launch event marked the beginning of EESC action to ensure that its members and those they represent can participate fully in the first direct Europe-wide consultation of citizens on EU-policy-making.
Participants and speakers attended the event in both the main meeting room of the EESC in Brussels and online. In total, almost 2 000 people from as far apart as Dublin and Budapest logged in to hear 16 speakers representing the EESC, the European Commission, the European Parliament, industry, national government, the trade-union movement, European movements and experts in fundamental rights.
Representatives discussed their hopes for the Conference and the future of Europe in four panels that touched on shared fundamental values as well as possible frameworks for a sustainable economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and for resilient societies.
EESC kick-off event in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe – report