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.
The human rights and civil society situation in the Russian Federation is deteriorating. The law on Non-Commercial Organisations (also known as law on "foreign agents") is preventing the growth and rise of emerging civil society. The increasing number of recent court cases against civil society organisations is also a worrying feature.
The evolution of civil and social dialogue in Russia and the impact on existing civil society organisations should also be examined against this background.
Other restrictive legislations such as legislation on the propaganda of "non-traditional sexual relations" to minors generate stigmatization and increases discrimination and homophobic violence.
The objective of the own-initiative opinion is to analyse the state of affairs of civil society in Russia and to elaborate recommendations on how the EU and EU civil society organization can contribute for improving the working conditions for civil society organizations in Russia and for the strengthening of genuine civil and social dialogue.