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.
Setting Europe on the right track towards a more circular economy starts with implementing the EU waste hierarchy to its full potential. The communication of the Commission on "The role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy" looked at ensuring that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan, in particular when it comes to progressing towards higher levels of the waste hierarchy (prevention, reuse and recycling). The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has drawn up an opinion on this communication, with a view to gathering civil society organisations' views on this critical aspect of waste management. Interested stakeholders had the opportunity to feed into this opinion during this public hearing. Discussions were webstreamed live on this website .