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.
In September 2017 the EESC formally constituted the "Liberal Professions" Category regrouping EESC members representing professional organisations or being professionals themselves. The category counts members coming from Member States covering the north, south, east and western areas of the European Union.
The category meets three times a year to monitor and discuss the latest political and legislative developments at European level affecting the exercise of the professions. Formerly this activity was carried out by Members within a category regrouping also members from the MSMEs and Crafts sectors. The decision to create a separate category for the liberal professions testifies the engagement to the very aim of the category: to make sure that the professions act upon a common ground ensuring that they reach their potential in the European Union in the coming years. In this respect the extraordinary meeting of the Civil Society Organisations' Group in Rome entitled "The Liberal Professions, a lever for the Development of Europe: towards a European Manifesto of Professionals" can be considered a founding stone for the activity of the category and a contribution to the working method of platforms to enable the European stakeholders to contribute to the process.
Every year the category organises the "Day of the Liberal Professions" focused on issues having a particular impact on the exercise of the professions, such as digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
The State of Liberal Professions Concerning their Functions and Relevance to European Civil Society