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 COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for change. The crisis has underlined the fact that getting food "from farm to fork" cannot be taken for granted and has demonstrated the interconnectedness of actors and activities in agriculture and throughout the food system. It has also made us acutely aware of:
the vulnerabilities of certain groups and sectors, and of
the inequalities affecting the food supply chain.
The post-Covid recovery represents an opportunity to "build back better". More sustainable, fairer and inclusive food systems should contribute to a wellbeing economy that works for people and planet, leaving no one behind.