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 External Relations Section of the EESC organised a joint meeting gathering EU and partner representatives of the Civil Society Platforms (CSPs) with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on 11 September (10:30 to 18:00).
The role of the CSPs is to monitor the implementation of the respective Agreement between the EU and partner country from the civil society point of view, to inform of shortcomings in the legislation or in its implementation and to provide recommendations to the Parties (EU and third countries' governments).
The aim of the exchanges was to conduct a health-check of civil society in the four countries and explore how does the work of the CSPs contributes to enhanced involvement of civil society in the decision-making.
The meeting also put special emphasis on issues of common interest such as youth and skills agenda, and fight against disinformation. Furthermore, the participants discussed visibility and impact of the work of the CSP.