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.
In its opinion, the EESC discusses how smart cities can become drivers for new European industrial development. To achieve this, it is essential to converge on a development model that is more advanced and effective than those applied to date, where action has been extremely fragmented. Within the framework of the project, a delegation of seven EESC members has carried out study visits to six EU cities that have started or implemented smart project initiatives. The ultimate aim of the "Smart Cities" project is to compile a set of recommendations to be disseminated among the European Institutions and all relevant stakeholders across the European Union.