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.
"Your Europe, Your Say!" is the EESC's annual youth event. Schools from all Member States of the European Union and from the candidate countries are invited to apply for participation and one school per country is then selected by random drawing. Shortly thereafter, the 33 selected schools choose three pupils and one accompanying teacher who will be sent to Brussels to discuss a topical subject and draw up resolutions addressed to the EU institutions.
2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), and the European Economic and Social Committee will ask the young participants for their opinion on the best way to engage European youth in the protection and promotion of our common cultural heritage. The Committee is also interested in the pupils’ fresh views on the relationship between culture, democracy and peace.
The EESC, as the voice of civil society, is eager to ensure that the ideas of Europe’s younger generation are heard.