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 Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (known by its French acronym of CCMI, Commission consultative des mutations industrielles) examines changes in industry across a wide range of sectors, keeping pace and tackling them according to the values of the European economic and social model.
The CCMI succeeded the consultative committee of the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) when the latter expired on 23 July 2002. It is established as a distinct body within the EESC and has a remit extended to all sectors of industry in both manufacturing and services.
The CCMI is made up of EESC members and external delegates.
The latter are appointed by the EESC from among sectoral associations representing organised civil society at European level.
The CCMI president is an EESC member and the co-president a delegate.
The CCMI's remit is:
to continue to cover those areas of the coal and steel industries and their production and consumption chains in which the EU is active;
to cover the impact of industrial change on other industrial and service sectors and, more generally, for example, on employment, social and structural policy, sustainable development, energy transition, etc.;
more recently, to cover digital industrial change and its sectoral and societal impact, for example as regards the service and financial sectors, the automotive sector, the health sector and the impact of digital industrial change on jobs training, education, public-private partnerships, social and civil dialogues, and the general transition from Industry 4.0 to Society 4.0.
The CCMI can express its views through mandatory opinions under the terms of the Treaty, optional and exploratory opinions at the request of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, as well as own-initiative opinions, information reports and the holding of conferences and hearings.
It maintains a close working relationship with the other EU institutions and agencies and with organisations across the whole range.