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.
considers the hikes in energy prices a major concern for the EU, particularly affecting rural areas and the agricultural sector;
urges Member States to utilize National CAP Strategic Plans over ad hoc policies to address crisis resulting from rapid market changes;
suggests incorporating counter-cyclical elements in CAP instruments post-2027 to tackle rapidly rising production costs;
supports initiatives for reducing reliance on fossil-based inputs and emphasizes the need for policy coherence in achieving a green transition;
advocates for fair contractual practices within the food supply chain that consider higher production costs, calling for harmonization and improved statistical data;
recognizes the impact of high energy prices on business and economic activity in rural areas, stressing the importance of energy infrastructure development for employment opportunities;
emphasizes the critical role of rural areas in ensuring food security, strategic autonomy, and resilience, urging commitment to the EU's long-term rural vision;
highlights the significance of recognizing and promoting local and regional energy communities for a fair and efficient energy transition in rural areas, with a focus on renewable energy communities;
stresses the importance of energy savings and efficiency in both private and public consumption, advocating for measures such as energy renovations, investments, and less energy-consuming agricultural operations.