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.
On 13 and 14 October 2022, four EESC members took part in the country visit to Sweden. The delegation met with several representatives of civil society, specifically, civil society organisations (CSOs), social partners, the media and legal professions on the one hand, and the Swedish authorities on the other. The aim of this report is to faithfully reflect and reproduce the views of Swedish civil society on freedom of association, freedom of assembly, the rule of law.
The above-mentioned meetings were framed under the five following themes :
Fundamental rights related to social partners
Freedom of association and freedom of assembly
Freedom of expression and freedom of the media
The rule of law
The input received during the meetings has been included in a report drafted by the delegation members. This report has been communicated to the Swedish authorities, which in turn submitted their reply.