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.
For the first time in the history of the European Union, twelve years after its accession, the Slovak Republic will take up the presidency of the Council on 1 July.
As we all know, the Member State holding the presidency has fairly limited powers. However, it is responsible for keeping the impetus going and coordinating meetings and their agendas and undertaking communication activities aimed at the media and general public – everywhere in the EU of course, but particularly in the Member State itself. The presidency is also a way of showing that the Union is not an external superpower that imposes itself on Member States “from above” or “from Brussels”: it is a union of States, where each has its role to play.
The EESC priorities during the Slovak presidency - July - December 2016