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.
"... EESC has committed to contribute to the concerted efforts towards the poverty eradication target – reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 20 million by 2020. This is ambitious, but we believe it is possible with political commitment and with civil society's full involvement. ..."
Staffan Nilsson at The Citizens' AGORA – Crisis and Poverties – an EP-EESC joint event