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.
Debates on opinions on disability rights, unemployment insurance, human rights and business, populism and fundamental rights, taxation and the sustainable development goals, use-value of European products and services
Thursday, 12 December
9.30 a.m – Debate on the theme From development to partnership, in connection with the REX/516 dossier with:
Jutta Urpilainen, European commissioner for international partnerships
Isabelle A.J. Durant, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Abozer Elmana Elligai, president of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)
Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, permanent representative of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the European institutions in Brussels
The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, with Elena Bonell de Pascual, representing the Business & Job Creation cluster, and Oyewole Oginni, representing the Peace & Security cluster,
11.00 a.m. – 2019 Civil Society Prize awards ceremony
on the theme of More women in Europe's society and economy