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.
In line with the first priority of the Bulgarian Presidency, for European economic growth and social cohesion, the Various Interests Group decided to organise its next extraordinary meeting on the topic of supporting and integrating vulnerable regions and citizens.
The conference entitled ‘Supporting Vulnerable Regions and Citizens: boosting sustainable growth and cohesion’ took place at the Boyana conference centre, which had been kindly made available to the EESC by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The conference included amongst others keynote speeches by Bulgarian ministers and panel discussions on:
Investing in and stimulating vulnerable mountain regions
Creating opportunities and protecting the rights of vulnerable citizens
Promoting economic development and combatting depopulation in non-urban regions