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 received a request from the incoming Latvian Presidency to draft a civil society contribution to the upcoming review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy. A review of the progress made under this strategy in the period spanning 2007 to today will be on the agenda of the Council of the European Union in the very beginning of 2015. The main aim of the review is to assess whether all existing priorities of the EU-Central Asia Strategy remain valid, and whether the EU should maintain its current focus on issues such as security, education, sustainable development (energy, transport and environment), and the rule of law.
A timely opinion of the EESC could serve as a catalyst for the Member States' discussion on the issue, especially since the EESC opinion would bring to the table contributions from stakeholders based in the Member States. Thus, this opinion will help the Council to make the most appropriate decisions, taking into account the views and interests of Europe's broader civil society. The opinion will focus on topical issues such transport infrastructure, energy, environment and trade relations.