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 11 March 2010 the ECO- Section organised a hearing on Socially Responsible Financial Products at the premises of the Spanish Economic and Social Council (CES) in Madrid. Key stakeholders intervened on the importance of SRI within the framework of the financial crisis, on screening and standardisation initiatives in the field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), and on the demand of consumers regarding SRI. The hearing provided valuable input for the own initiative opinion on Socially Responsible Financial Products, of which Mr Trías Pinto (ES) is rapporteur.