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.
For the current mandate (October 2020 to April 2023) of the Civil Society Organisations’ Group (Group III), it has been decided to concentrate on the topic of poverty and on the role of civil society organisations and citizens' initiatives in combating it. The objective of the work programme of Group III for this period is to contribute to making local communities more sustainable, resilient, equitable, productive and socially just, whilst also upholding the highest levels of democratic governance, respect for rights and the rule of law. European civil society and the EESC in particular, have a key role to play in this process. "Leaving nobody behind" and "changing by design and not in reaction to" circumstances, as the President of the European Commission urged in her 2020 State of the Union speech. The Group III commissioned study on The response of civil society organisations to face the COVID 19 pandemic and the consequent restrictive measures adopted in Europe published in January 2021, constituted the starting point for the Group's work programme for this mandate.
Work programme of the Civil Society Organisations’ Group – October 2020 - April 2023