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.
There is a growing gap between the concerns and expectations of Europeans, and the limited powers and financial resources currently allocated to the EU. The basic principle of the EU budget must be to deliver European added value, achieving better outcomes than what would be possible with uncoordinated national budgets acting individually. To this end, the EU must first identify political priorities with high European added value and only then, determine the resources needed to achieve them.
In order to feed into the policy debate on the next Multiannual Financial Framework and bring together the views of policymakers and organised civil society, the EESC is organising a high-level conference on"The Multiannual Financial Framework post 2020: Challenges and opportunities", to be held on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.