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.
EESC President, Staffan Nilsson, met the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite on 18 November.
President Nilsson emphasized the need for Lithuania and other Member States to take true ownership of the reform process implied by Europe 2020 strategy.
"For this, involvement of social partners and civil society is key" EESC president suggested.
"We are slowly coming out of the crisis, and we need to focus on the lessons to be learnt" says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
Staffan Nilsson met the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite