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 Commission and the High Representative adopted in October 2022 the Joint communication Youth Action Plan in the European Union external action for 2022-2027, the first-ever policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people around the world to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. It will help deliver on international commitments, such as the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, by enhancing meaningful youth participation and empowerment in the EU's external action policies.
The Youth Action Plan (YAP) in EU External Action is guided by three pillars of action that will help shape the EU's partnership with young people in partner countries:
partnership to engage: increasing young people's voices in policy and decision-making;
partnership to empower: fighting inequalities and providing young people with the skills and tools they need to thrive;
partnership to connect: fostering opportunities for young people to network and exchange with their peers worldwide.
Hearing "YAP to youth worldwide: Next step – implementation!" in the framework of the EESC REX/566 opinion will focus on the implementation of YAP by hearing views of International Organisations, social partners and youth representatives from around the Globe.