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 EESC event "Connecting EU" 2023 seminar, dedicated to the upcoming European elections, took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 23-24 November 2023 and ensured a large presence of women's participation.
Especially the panel focused on young people: "Pitching for the future: how to turn out young people?" included a presentation by Federica Bellato, Benedetta, Coraglia, Carolina Guerra and Allegra Semenzato of the 2022 EU Future Initiative winning project: “This time I’ve voted, but am I represented?”, addressing the underrepresentation of young Europeans through the adoption of youth quotas.
The success of the election information campaign will depend on the message, the language used during the campaign, which should be concrete, clear and rich in examples. Young people will take part in elections if they feel that this subject is of their concern.
The young students stressed that it is important to get the message across that "80% per cent of European law is in national legislation and participating in elections, electing your representatives to the Parliament will have an impact on your everyday life, including the legislation adopted by the European Parliament".