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 environmental statement aims to describe the environmental management system (EMAS) in place at the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions.
After more than five years of EMAS registration, the challenge – in addition to improving the results already achieved – is to take action on new environmental aspects. In 2015 therefore, bearing in mind the significant impact of food on the environment, we reorganised our catering services for staff and at events. More generally, all activities involving our contractors have been re-examined in the context of «green public procurement», as they implement key aspects of our environmental management system. For example, our technical equipment maintenance contractor is cooperating with us to reduce gas, electricity and water consumption.
Environmental Statement 2016 - Figures for 2015 - Updated version