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 Social Economy Category met on 14 March to discuss possible follow-up to the Strasbourg conference on Social Entrepreneurship which took place in January of this year. A presentation of the World Cooperative Monitor 2013 was given in addition to an exchange of views with a representative of the Entrepreneurship and Social Economy Unit of DG Enterprise. The meeting on 14 March also provided the opportunity to update members on recent developments in the Cooperative Sector and on the draft EESC Opinion on a Statute for a European Mutual Society.