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 20 March the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council will host its 20th European Consumer Day. The event will take place in Sofia this year.
As consumers are becoming increasingly digital and as we advance towards the age of post-mass consumption and the Internet of Things, new questions as to how much personal data is worth or how big data affects the choices we make arise. These issues will be debated by speakers from the tech world, consumers, influencers and policy shapers and makers. Other important aspects of the digital economy such as the trends driving digital consumption, and consumer attitudes towards digitalisation in different parts of the EU will be discussed in the conference as well.
Every year since 1999, the EESC has organized European Consumer Day, aiming to provide a forum where representatives of EU institutions, national governments and civil society organisations can exchange views on various issues related to consumer affairs.