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.
In its response to the first successful European Citizens' Initiative "Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity!", the Commission affirms the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and of water as a public good and fundamental value. According to the EESC public authorities must be in a position to exert an extensive control on the quality and efficiency of the services provided by water utilities. The EESC supports the Commission in its recognition that transparency has a key role to play. The EESC urges the European Commission to propose legislation establishing access to water and sanitation as a human right as set out by the United Nations, and to promote the provision of water and sanitation as vital public services for all.