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) has been a consistent voice in discussions surrounding online communication. In fact, we have been debating issues of safety, privacy and human dignity in electronic communications and media for nearly two decades. In the last five years we have produced a set of coherent and robust opinions on the matter, which have positively influenced the current debate. The Committee, for example, wants to see online security concerns addressed and a comprehensive strategy to safeguard children online put in place. We want to see stringent rules and sanctions to combat illegal activities, and encourage the development of skills relating to the safe use of the internet and online applications. Most fundamentally, we believe it is vitally important that this discussion about the future of the internet is inclusive and brought into the public arena, to involve as many citizens as possible. This is where we can make a real difference. By providing a platform for Europe’s social and economic partners, we aim to ensure that every policy decision has the interests of citizens at heart. This is especially pertinent in 2013: the European Year of Citizens.
Towards a more responsible use of the internet: The European civil society perspective