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.
In my capacity as President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), I extend my sincere congratulations to Mr. Joe Biden for his election as the 46th President of the United States of America, as well as to Ms. Kamala Harris as Vice-President.
The extraordinary turnout of the American people confirmed once again its profound attachment to the democratic principles we dearly cherish. Moreover, I welcome and support the message of unity, hope and reconciliation conveyed by the President-elect and the Vice President‑elect.
It is more important than ever to strengthen the strategic partnership and friendship between the United States and the European Union, based on our historically shared values of democracy, freedom and human rights. We therefore welcome the President-elect's announcement of the global Summit for Democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the free world.
In a world faced with unprecedented challenges, both the European Union and the United States of America can greatly benefit from coordinated common responses. Together, we can be stronger in overcoming the Covid-19 crises, addressing climate change, making our economies thrive, nourishing democratic values and going the extra mile to ensure a more prosperous future for our citizens. Whilst acknowledging our respective differences, it seems of crucial importance to foster active multilateral discussions, including in established international infrastructures we have helped to build.
While reiterating our conviction that we should spare no effort to render stronger the bridges across the Atlantic, the European Economic and Social Committee will continue to work hard to connect our civil society organisations and social partners and make their voices heard.