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.
With the European elections in June 2024 holding the key to Europe's future, the EESC as the institutional partner of civil society is launching the first edition of its Civil Society Week.
This flagship event will gather people of all ages and backgrounds, including youth, journalists and EU institutions, for a vibrant debate on topics that matter to our everyday life and Europe's future. We will shine a light on the threats to democracy and the challenges in safeguarding democratic values. We will explore how best to mobilise our networks for citizens to vote and unleash the potential of Europe's young generation.
#CivSocWeek will bring together 5 major EESC initiatives:
Our aim for the week is for a diversity of voices from civil society to join in an intergenerational and inclusive forum on the way forward for Europe. Civil society organisations, including employers, trade unions, NGOs, youth and other groups, will discuss and identify what they expect from Europe's future leaders at the European Commission and European Parliament. Their recommendations will feed into the EESC resolution on the EU elections.
Join us and rise up for Democracy!
Be inspired by our expert-led workshops and high-level debates.
Make your voice heard on key issues for Europe’s new legislative cycle.
Connect with civil society associations and leaders from all over Europe.
Engage with other networks and create synergies.
Learn about different ways to exercise your democratic rights.
And meet the winners of the EESC civil society prize.