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 order to find out what needs there are regarding social enterprise in the major part of the European Union, members of the project group participated in several going local missions to reach out to civil society and build a bridge between the situation on the ground and the institutional level. The overall objective of this going local initiative was to gather elements that would make it possible to identify what measures were lacking, so as to recommend measures in the final report to the new Commission and Parliament with a view to improving the ecosystem of the sector and unleashing its full potential.
The countries visited were the United Kingdom, Finland, Latvia, Turkey, Greece, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Croatia.
The following going local reports present key findings of interest whose results were analysed and summarised in the report's recommendations.