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.
The 2023 edition of the EESC's annual European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day took place on 8 June. Participants in Brussels and online joined us to discuss how to upskill citizens for a successful ECI with impact.
As part of the European Year of Skills, ECI Day 2023 focused on the skills that organisers need to make their initiative a success. We also discussed ways to enhance the ECI tool itself and explored the (potential) role of the ECI tool in European Citizens' Panels, identified links to European Parliament elections and investigated the skills needed for young people to be actively and successfully involved in participatory democracy.
ECI Day 2023: Upskilling citizens for a successful ECI with impact!