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.
As in previous years, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will be an active participant in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP26, which takes place in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from 31st October - 12th November 2021. The EESC will be involved in a variety of side events to continue its contribution towards a sustainable and climate-resilient future. This year, the EESC delegation at COP26 includes a youth delegate, Sophia Wiegand, for the first time.
This will allow for better integration of the intergenerational aspects in all conversations that the EESC will have with its partners. In view of the pandemic, the EESC delegation is taking advantage of hybrid participation and invites the public to join the various side events online.