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.
This book is neither the first nor last word on the role of organised civil society in democratic life in
the European Union. However, it does present a number of fascinating illustrations about the way civil
society organisations provide avenues of expression for the European citizen.
Above all, though, this has not been written for the seasoned insider who already knows his or her way
around “Brussels” and the EU institutions. It is written precisely by and for those who do not spend most
of their time in “Brussels”. As such, it offers a glimpse through the other end of the telescope.
Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Civil society and democracy - The citizens’ shortcut to the EU