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.
Declaration of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee
The Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is following with great concern the situation unfolding in the Federative Republic of Brazil. There have been serious attacks on the social, labour and trade union rights of Brazilian workers: a very tough labour reform that harms the social dialogue, hard won social rights have been cut, independent media have been closed and Brazil’s young democracy, obtained after 20 years of dictatorship (1964-1984), is threatened.
The EESC Workers’ Group wishes to express our full solidarity with former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, an internationally respected leader in the fight against poverty and for workers' rights. We add our voices to those of the international trade union movement to demand that Lula should have a fair and independent judicial process which respects the rule of law, and that free, fair and democratic elections should be held in Brazil.
Our preoccupation, not only in Europe but around the world, is that the future of democracy is at stake. We also want to bring our support and solidarity to the workers of Brazil and elsewhere in the Southern-Cone which is again experiencing difficult times.