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.
Today, thanks to the Single Market, it is much simpler for EU consumers and businesses to buy and sell goods and services across borders, both on- and offline. But this requires trust and confidence in the market, targeted legislation and effective enforcement.
The EESC works to ensure that consumers have the rights and protection they need. We also identify and strive to combat unfair and illegal trading practices. Beyond this, we promote sustainable ways of consuming and producing.
Our annual flagship event, the European Consumer Day, held every year since 1999, is the meeting place where consumers gather to influence the EU debate.