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.
"We must make serious work of achieving the objectives we have set ourselves with Europe 2020. Cohesion Policy needs to play an essential role in enabling the Union to achieve the EU 2020 goals. As we pursue the road to recovery, we must ensure that growth is not just smart and sustainable; it must be inclusive too."
Staffan Nilsson speech on Cohesion policy with EU 2020