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 1999, the EESC has been organising the European Consumer Day where consumers gather to influence the EU debate. The topic of this year was "Consumers in the Digital World: Safeguarding Youth and Enforcing Laws". The objective was to reflect on how to achieve more efficient enforcement of the existing consumer protection legislation and how to tackle the challenges posed by the digital realm, with a special focus on minors.
The topics discussed included digital tools for enforcement of the EU consumer law, consumer risks in the digital environment, vulnerability of the young generation and role of the civil society in improving the situation.
The event was held in Brussels and it gathered high level speakers and representatives of EU institutions, national governments and civil society organisations.