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.
At its 470th Plenary Session held on 15 and 16 March 2011, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a thematic debate on challenges and prospects for the Single Market Act, attended by Mr Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services and adopted by a large majority the opinion on "Towards a Single Market Act - For a highly competitive social market economy - 50 proposals for improving our work, business and exchanges with one another", rapporteurs: Ms Benedicte Federspiel (Gr. III - Various Interests, Denmark), Mr Martin Siecker (Gr. II - Employees, the Netherlands) and Mr Ivan Voleš (Gr. I - Employers - Czech Republic).