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.
Interview of Ariane Rodert by Martin Siecker on the two days event on “Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say!” is on social entrepreneurship in Europe in Strasbourg, the 16-17 January 2014.
Ariane Rodert, Sweden, is member of the EESC since 2010 and represents the EU Policy Adviser - National Forum for Voluntary Social Work (FFSA). Martin Siecker, Netherlands, is member of the EESC since 2002 and is currently president of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT Section) at the EESC. He represents the Trade Union Official, Netherlands Trade Union Federation (FNV)