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.
Since it was set up in 1991, the Consumers and Environment Category of the EESC has had the same objectives, namely to ensure that all EESC opinions take into account the interests of consumer associations and environmental issues, to enhance dialogue with consumers and environmental campaigners, and to promote opinions that link consumer and environmental questions.
On 1 October the Category will mark its 30th anniversary, with high-profile speakers and round tables on: A radical rethinking of consumption in a Europe that protects and The new challenges. The event is organised in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Following the concept of a hybrid meeting, the event will take place both online and at the premises of the EESC in Brussels. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, only Members of the Category and speakers will be allowed to be physically present in the meeting room. Other Members and external participants are kindly invited to follow the meeting from remote, using the platform Interactio or the webstream.