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.
On 17 and 18 May, the European Economic and Social Committee hosted the 4th Conference on Plurilingualism, organised by the European Observatory for Plurilingualism in cooperation with GEM+ for European Multilingual Governance. The theme of this year's conference is "Plurilingualism and creativity: languages at the heart of Europe".
EESC President Georges Dassis had the opportunity to address the participants in his opening speech. He underlined the importance of multilingualism, mentioning that it had been part of Europe's DNA since 1958. It was a basic element of European integration, which was based on the EU motto "united in diversity". Mr. Dassis also highlighted the fact that multilingual corporate staff could increase competitiveness and pave the way for European and global growth. Knowledge of different languages and cultures also had a positive influence on creativity and opened the mind, allowing you to see things from different angles.
Finally, Georges Dassis presented the EESC Opinion on the EU's multilingualism policy, which encourages language learning and active multilingualism in Europe. Its recommendations include ensuring easy access to the Lifelong Learning Programme. This programme's 7th objective specifically encourages language learning and linguistic diversity.