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.
At this critical moment in international discussions on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the First European Civil Society Forum on TSD under the French Presidency of the Council of the EU. This was a platform bringing together civil society with academia, EU and international institutions to discuss innovative ideas and concrete recommendations on the future of the EU’s trade policy. Two roundtables framed a series of breakout sessions covering TSD topics from substantive rights to monitoring, enforcement and much more, inviting participants to voice their views on the finish line of the Commission’s review of the 15-points action plan and designing of the future EU policy on TSD.
1st European Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development