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.
Promoting equal economic independence for women and men, closing the gender pay gap and advancing gender balance has increasingly been in the focus of attention for European policy makers. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls are also among the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Realising these ambitions is indispensable to foster sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. However, while significant progress was made, inequalities persist, and it is vital to further explore how to promote more equality between genders and in what ways these endeavours could stimulate economic prosperity in Europe.
The Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) decided to organise on 29 November 2019, starting at 11 a.m. a public debate "The Benefits of Gender Equality for the European Economy" with the aim to explore how policies aimed at achieving greater gender equality could help reinforce Europe's economic performance and what role the European civil society could play in supporting the development and implementation of these policies.