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 upcoming meeting of the Section for External Relations, which will take place on 20 December 2022, will be dedicated to EU-UK relations.
The EU-UK Follow-up Committee, a working body of the European Economic and Social Committee, was set up in March 2021, primarily to maintain and strengthen relations between UK and EU civil society organisations, and to monitor implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.
In support of its mandate, a Delegation of the EU-UK Follow-up Committee carried out a fact-finding mission to the four parts of the United Kingdom in October 2022, with the aim of assessing implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, including the state of play of citizens' rights and of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The other main purpose of the mission was to assess the prospects for improving links between civil society organisations in the UK and the EU. To this end, the Delegation engaged with representatives of employer associations, trade unions, and third-sector civil society organisations from across the UK, as well as with representatives of public authorities.
At this meeting, the Information Report will be discussed and adopted, providing a timely and relevant opportunity for an exchange of views on post‑Brexit issues, including those arising from the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.