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 event will be divided into two separate parts: the first panel will tackle issues of the immediuate present, the question of Challenges and opportunities of energy transition, alleviating the economic and social impact of declining coal. It deals with the direct consequences of the energy transition, of declining coal. The challenges also include the impact of closures of nuclear power plants.
The second panel will deal with the future and how decentralised renewables can revive coal-mining regions.
The agenda was compiled in close cooperation with the TEN section, and other section presidents were also informed and invited.