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 study is conducted at national schools in four EU Member States (FR, DE, RO, IT), and in the corresponding language sections of the European Schools in Brussels. This is done to better understand whether the youngsters' understanding of and attitudes towards the EU differ depending on whether they have been enrolled to a national school or to a European School. Since the general mission of the European Schools is to create a multilingual and multicultural environment, the study seeks to test the hypothesis assuming that the pupils of the European Schools would be more prone to having more open attitudes towards the EU, and its diversity.
Youngsters and the EU: Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations – Executive summary