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 president Christa Schweng welcomes the result of the vote in the European Parliament to grant the European Economic and Social Committee budgetary discharge for 2019. The Committee takes all the recommendations very seriously and is committed to continuing the reforms.
The result of the vote proves that the European Parliament has recognised Committee's efforts, especially the revision of the Code of Conduct adopted in January 2021. The document provides more clarity, greater financial transparency, strict rules on harassment and stronger sanctions for non-compliance.
Today's discharge in the EP Plenary represents a major step on our way to regaining trust and consolidating our position at EU level, said the EESC President, Christa Schweng. We have been working hard since the beginning of the new Presidency. We will continue reforms to represent European organised civil society even more effectively, she said.
Following the reinforcement of the Code of Conduct, the Committee has undertaken a number of actions to increase awareness about the new rules in the house. This includes a new brochure entitled "Respect and dignity at the EESC" that gives practical advice on respectful and ethical behaviour at the EESC.
Working together to implement the highest ethical and professional standards remains a key priority for President Schweng. She affirms that the Committee remains fully committed to further strengthening the EESC in the inter-institutional framework and wants to better fulfil the needs of the Committee's stakeholders.