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 20 October 2023, the EESC will host a public hearing on New impetus for Europe's single market and industrial policy, in conjunction with its exploratory opinion on the industrial strategy and the future of the Single Market, which was requested by the upcoming Belgian presidency.
The debate will focus on the following questions:
We want the EU to be more competitive and improve its legislative process, but what benchmark can we set for our efforts?
Which Member States are "best in class" when it comes to the functioning of public services, industrial policies, digitalisation and sustainability? How can we foster a widespread adoption of the best practices in these areas?
The event will open with a keynote speech by Enrico Letta, former head of the Italian government and rapporteur for the High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market requested by the European Council on 30 June 2023. The event will also feature DG GROW Head of unit Strategy and Regulation: Single Market and Industrial Policy Giulia Del Brenna and a host of representatives from civil society organisations.