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.
As set out in the Joint Declaration signed on 10 March 2021 by the European institutions, the Conference on the Future of Europe aims at connecting and engaging with citizens.
The main aim of this key project - to which the EESC is fully committed – is to give a real say to citizens. The objective will be putting civil society back at the heart of the European political agenda, through an effective and consistent engagement with citizens, and making sure that they regain trust in the European project.
The Conference, officially starting on 9 May 2021, will be a decisive moment for the EU.
The EESC, with its 329 members coming from all the 27 Member States, represents all walks of life (employers, trade unions and civil society at large). As the voice of European organised civil society, it will actively engage in the Conference and aim at making the difference. As part of the Conference Plenary and as member of its executive board, the EESC will do its outmost to bring the debates on the ground, thus playing its unique and undisputed role of bridging the gap between the European institutions and the organised civil society, at national, local and European level.