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! (YEYS) is the annual youth event of the EESC. The event aims to connect young people from all EU Member States and from the candidate countries with the European Union. Every year since it began in 2010, selected participants have come to Brussels to take part in the event. They have discussed and worked together to come up with resolutions which reflect their ideas, proposals and hopes for their future as European citizens; the EESC then shares these resolutions with the EU institutions and highlights them at other key events. Every year, three people from each country are selected to participate in YEYS: next year it could be you!