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 2nd EU-Brazil Summit in 2008 gave the EESC and the Economic and Social Development Council of Brazil (CDES) the mandate to create a Civil Society Round Table, made up of 12 members from each party. The Round Table meets every year.
The CDES was created in 2003 and its structure is based on the EESC model. EESC-CDES relations are based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2003 for promoting the exchange of information and good practice.