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.
Now more than ever, climate change is on everyone's mind, and young people all around the globe have been taking action to save the planet. The European Economic and Social Committee is joining the movement and wants to ask the young participants at YEYS about the best ways to protect our planet for the future.
The Committee is interested in hearing students' fresh ideas on how to deal with the current climate crisis and how to get closer to meeting the 2050 climate-neutral goals.
Students will be asked to represent a sector and negotiate with each other, in order to come up with recommendations to stop climate change.
These recommendations will be submitted to international environment policy-makers and discussed at conferences around Europe throughout the year.
During YEYS, the students will also be put in contact with international youth organisations that will help them translate these recommendations into tangible measures and make their voices heard.