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 objective of the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) is to identify and analyse labour market trends and challenges, bringing added value to the work of the EESC and its Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC).
The LMO has been active since 2007. Its members include a president and two vice-presidents from the SOC Section, rotating every two years and a half between the Employers', Workers' and Diversity Europe groups. In order to ensure synergies within the EESC, the LMO has members from all EESC sections.
The labour market in all EU countries is undergoing a profound transformation in its structures, mechanisms and industrial relations. At the heart of this transformation are various phenomena, which the LMO includes in its analysis. The observatory looks at labour market challenges and trends, collects examples of good practices and produces reports or studies on topical issues. It also organises public events as well as internal meetings, stimulating discussion among institutions, socio-professional stakeholders, civil society organisations and academia.
It works on various key topics such as youth employment, the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into the labour market, the inclusion of the long-term unemployed in the labour market, vocational education and training (VET), and the effects of digitalisation and greening of the economy on employment and skills as well as on fair labour mobility.
Priorities and working methods of the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) in the 2023 – 2025 half-term of office