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.
Paid traineeships for short periods (one, two or maximum three months) are occasionally available for university students for whom such a traineeship is compulsory for the completion of their studies. In order to be accepted for a short-term traineeship, the applicants must:
be studying at university or a higher education establishment;
have a thorough command of one EU language and a satisfactory command of another, one of which must be English or French for operational reasons;
be a national of a Member State of the European Union. However, a limited number of nationals of non-Member States may also be accepted on condition that the applicant fulfils all legal requirements concerning work and/or residence permits in Belgium.
Your application will remain valid for six months. If we are in a position to offer you a traineeship during that period, we will get in touch with you and ask you to submit the following supporting documents:
a certificate confirming attendance at a university or a higher education establishment,
proof that such a traineeship is compulsory for the completion of your studies,
proof of valid health insurance,
an extract from police records, and
a medical certificate proving that you are medically fit to carry out the traineeship.
Please note: Short-term traineeships may only start on the 1st or 16th of a given month, except July and August. There will be at least two months between the submission of an application and the start of the traineeship.