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.
During the period 2018 – 2020, the EESC Study Group on Disability Rights (SG DIS) organised various activities, including public hearings and fact-finding missions, to look more closely at the state of implementation of the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Various representatives from EU institutions, government authorities, DPOs and other civil society organisations participated in these events.
The report is the result of the work of the SG DIS of the past two years and half and brings together the EESC's recommendations gathered from different stakeholders with the objective to contribute to the EU reporting exercise to the UN CRPD Committee.
Contribution to the EU report to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee