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 EESC hosted the 2nd Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development : ' The other side of trade: a bottom-up approach to sustainable development' on 14 November 2023.
Moving on from the fundamental question "Have we been listening?", the event examined Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) from different angles with a common approach: inclusive, bottom-up and solution-oriented.
Civil society representatives from developing countries, who are supposed to be the main beneficiaries of TSD policies, shared their views on concrete labour, environmental and human rights issues associated with trade, including practical proposals and success stories.
They were joined by high-level speakers from EU and multilateral institutions and EU civil society representatives, with the aim to bridge the perceived gap between what the EU is trying to do on TSD and related policies, and the true needs on the ground.
Panel discussions included:
Trade and investment for development
New supply chains and the balance between economic security and TSD