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.
calls for holistic and cross-sectoral approaches to address challenges present in rural areas, such as depopulation, inadequate services, and obstacles to personal and professional growth. Such approaches should include rural proofing and the EU Youth Test to ensure the effective and lasting implementation of EU policies, reducing inequalities between rural and urban settings and enhancing the attractiveness of rural areas for young people by ensuring equal access to services, infrastructure, and opportunities;
calls for participatory pathways for generational renewal, intergenerational cooperation and inclusive governance, ensuring the meaningful and structured engagement of young people in decision-making processes at all stages and levels. It also emphasizes the crucial role of initiatives like the Rural Pact, Erasmus+, and the European Solidarity Corps to empower young people;
highlights the importance of ensuring quality employment opportunities, access to education, support for entrepreneurship, and access to land for young people in rural areas.