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.
Christa Schweng was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 28 October 2020 for a period of two and a half years, to run until March 2023. She has been an EESC member since 1998. Within the EESC, her work has focused on employment and social affairs.
Between 2018 and 2020, she was President of the EESC's Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC). From 2013 to 2015, she chaired the work of the Labour Market Observatory (LMO).
Outside the EESC, she works for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ). Since 1994, she has been a senior advisor to WKÖ's Social Policy Department.
Since 1995, she has been a Member of the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (a body that assists the European Commission in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of activities in the field of occupational safety and health).
Also since 1995, she has been a member of the management board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, based in Bilbao, and since 2001 the employers' spokesperson within the agency. Since 2001, she has held the rotating presidency of the Board every three years.
For the last 25 years, she has been a Member of SMEunited Social Affairs Committee (which she chaired between 2001 and 2009).
She holds a Masters’ Degree in Law from the University of Vienna.
She speaks fluent German, English and French, and can also communicate in Spanish.
She has been a rapporteur and co-rapporteur for numerous EESC opinions, such as