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.
The work of the EESC will take place at a crucial moment for Serbia on its path toward the EU. The Council indeed tasked the European Commission in December 2012 to draft a report on the progress made by Belgrade in its dialogue with Prishtina. This report will be released by the European Commission in Spring 2013. On the basis of this report, the EU Council may decide to open accession negotiations with Serbia by the end of the Irish Presidency of the Council.
The opinion should take stock of the current situation of civil society in Serbia (legal environment, relations with the authorities, situation of social and civil dialogues) and propose recommendations for possible EU action in this field.
The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Serbian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Serbia.