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.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on "Reforming the WTO to adapt to developments in World Trade". On the basis of an analysis of the main challenges the international trading system has been facing in recent years, the opinion will consider possible developments in the governance, functioning and structure of the WTO, with an exploration towards the strategic role that civil society can represent in a wider plurality of interests and a larger scope of collaboration. This opinion would fit in with the objective of "addressing the challenges of globalisation" and provide civil society's contribution to an appropriate reform of the WTO.
The opinion will put forward a raft of proposals for rebuilding a base for multilateralism that is adapted to the challenges of the 21st century (data protection and exchange, trade in services, combating climate change, achieving SDGs, making sustainable global value chains more efficient etc.).
With a view to gathering knowledge during the preparatory works for the proposed opinion from a wide range of experts, a hearing is organised at the EESC premises.