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.
Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. By drawing attention to a long-term perspective and highlighting the multi-sectoral, complex and fundamental transformation of Europe's societies required to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the Strategy opens a thorough debate involving European decision-makers and citizens at large as to how Europe should prepare itself towards a 2050 horizon and the subsequent submission of the European strategy to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change by 2020.
The EESC – in the context of the work on its opinion in response to the strategy – organises a public hearing to exchange views with experts, stakeholders, and decision-makers on the strategy. The hearing aims at discussing and evaluating the strategy from three specific angles, namely in terms of different sectors and their contributions, as regards cross-cutting challenges, and with regard to governance and the involvement of civil society.