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.
The EESC welcomes the increase in the targeted share of renewable energy and is pleased to note that these targets focus on the industrial, transport and housing sectors. However, it is disappointed at the Commission’s lack of ambition when it comes to promoting and developing individual and community-based prosumerism, contrary to what was provided for in the Energy Union Communication.
The Committee also regrets the lack of a clear strategy for developing onshore wind power and photovoltaics, along the lines of the Commission's recent strategy for offshore wind power.
A strategy for decentralisation and the effective promotion of community energy would help strengthen regional value chains and increase public acceptance of the energy transition.