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 EU-Russia and Central Asia Follow-up Committee met on 6th November to discuss the current situation of civil society in Russia. Two independent reports, respectively on freedom of speech and on disinformation, were presented by a human rights-defending organisation, and there was a general update by the Russia Division within the EEAS. The meeting continued with a panel on Central Asia, an area on which the Follow-up Committee will start working soon, among other with an own-initiative opinion on Kazakhstan. Finally, there was a discussion on the EESC's initiative against disinformation held in Sofia last June and on the current organization of a similar event in Moldova at the beginning of next year.