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.
Research and Innovation (R&I) are essential for improving competitiveness, promoting growth, creating jobs and addressing societal challenges. Recognising this, the EESC monitors the implementation of Horizon 2020, the EU's far-reaching R&I programme. We are also closely involved in the debate about Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a concept the aim of which is to integrate stakeholders in the R&D process, so that together we can find sustainable and inclusive solutions to the societal challenges we are facing today.