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.
“Building the Europe We Want” (June 2015) is the Report of a Study by Stakeholder Forum for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Sustainable Development Observatory(SDO) on how best to engage different stakeholders in the implementation, monitoring and review of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the EU level.
The study reviews existing stakeholder engagement arrangements on sustainable development issues at the UN, in three European countries (Finland, Germany and the UK with Wales) and at the European level itself. It analyses how stakeholder engagement processes have helped to advance sustainable development at each level, and identifies best practice lessons for handling such engagement creatively and productively. Building on this analysis the study recommends that the EESC/SDO should now seek to establish a wider open and inclusive alliance or Sustainability Forum of European stakeholders concerned with sustainable development in all its aspects to engage with all aspects of the implementation of the SDGs.
Building the Europe We Want - Models for civil society involvement in the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda at the EU level