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.
Europe’s success depends on an open economy, free trade and fair competition
In the new normal – after COVID-19 – geopolitics, climate, digitalisation, human rights and labour issues will have impact on trade. It is time to rethink global and EU rules and to design effective tools for better market access and a level playing field. The EU as a global actor must act smartly when adopting the new EU trade policy.