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 ad-hoc Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL) was set up in 2018 as a horizontal body within the EESC, and was tasked with enhancing the contribution of organised civil society in strengthening fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law and responding to the shrinking civic space for civil society organisations.
This report summarises the main activities led by the FRRL Group between 2020 and 2023. The FRRL Group has concentrated its efforts on listening to and conveying the voice of civil society to the EU institutions and Member States. It has carried out country visits to create a dialogue about EU values, including fundamental rights economic and social rights and held conferences and hearings to discuss, among other things, how to address the impact of COVID-19, and has been involved in EESC opinions on diverse topics including, for example, the rule of law and the recovery, media freedom, and how to better communicate the rule of law.
Ad hoc Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law – Activity report 2020-2023