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.
During its mission to Japan, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee relied on its former work in order to further strengthen its cooperation with its well-established network of organisations.
Several bilateral meetings with economic and social stakeholders and Japanese authorities took place, and a roundtable discussion was organised on "Circular economy – what needs to be done?".
In relation to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the Follow-up Committee paved the way for the work of the Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) under the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EPA and took part in the first Joint Dialogue with civil society in the framework of the same agreement. It also measured the preliminary benefits of the agreement as a whole.
Round Table Discussion - Circular Economy – what needs to be done?