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's 350 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.
Opening: Mr Ssewakiryanga, ECOSOCC of the African Union, Mr Banze, ACP Secretariat, Mr Dassis, EESC President, Mr Somville, President of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee, EESC, and Mr Rudischhauser, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Session on ACP-EU relations: Dr Schuster, European Parliament, Ms Sifa Chiyoge, International Cooperative Alliance Africa, Ms Acconcia, DG TRADE, European Commission and Mr Walcott, Barbados Employers' Confederation
Session on European Consensus on Development: Mr Lanfranco, Trade Union Development Cooperation Network, Mr Sibian, EESC, Ms Yildirim, EESC, Mr Ellis, DG DEVCO, European Commission and Mr Diallo, Federation of West African Employers' Organisations