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's 350 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.
Which of the five scenarios set out by the White Paper best meets from your perspective the internal and external challenges facing the EU, and why?
Would another scenario, not mentioned, be possible and preferable? If so, why? How do you see trust and confidence being fostered within the Union?
Is more visibility of and better communication on the European Union required, and how?
Are the policy areas referred to sufficiently comprehensive and illustrative? How would you rank them in a scale of importance? Is there a major policy area not mentioned or insufficiently highlighted? If so, which one and which of the five scenarios would best suit its development?
Regarding "the way ahead", how should the "Future of Europe Debates across Europe's national Parliaments, cities and regions" be structured? What role should organized civil society play in the “way ahead” and how?
What are your particular expectations as regards the outcome of the consultation?
How can the citizen be more empowered in the shaping of the future of Europe?