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 Farmers Category currently has members drawn from the Civil Society Organisations' Group and from the Employers' Group. Its members are representatives of the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors.
Its main aims are to engage in a wide-ranging, open debate on the positions and policy lines adopted by the primary industries in the EU. Many of this category’s members are representatives of farmer and forest-owner organisations. They seek to provide and share up-to-date information on their specialised sectors in their home countries, as well as highlight and explore the different conditions that exist within them.
The category also aims to establish positions on key EU agricultural and rural policy objectives, particularly in the context of Common Agricultural Policy reforms. While setting great store by cooperation between sector organisations within the Committee itself and seeking to increase cooperation between the Committee’s groups, the category also believes that it is important to strengthen coordination with EU-level organisations and other EU institutions.
The category secretariat is provided by the Civil Society Organisations' Group.