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.
On 3 September 2014, the EESC organised a hearing in Brussels. The hearing brought together European experts, Social Economy stakeholders and the European institutions.
After 8 months gathering information from social enterprise players at local, regional, national and European level, the hearing contributed to complement the findings already collected in the Member States and was the last step before drafting the final report.
Appendix II presents the programme of the hearing, the conclusions summing up the main points that were raised, and the list of participants.