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.
Seconded national experts (SNE) are public sector employees in their home countries who are seconded to an EU institution for a fixed period. They are recruited from EU countries to the EESC via their permanent representations to the EU, following a specific selection procedure. All of the permanent representations are kept informed of vacancies for seconded national expert positions. If you are interested in working as an SNE, your country's permanent representation to the EU can inform you about current opportunities at the EESC.
Several conditions must be met by SNE candidates. They must:
be employed by a national, regional or local public authority, or an intergovernmental organisation;
have worked for at least three years, full-time, in an administrative, scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory post;
have worked for their current employer for at least twelve months;
have a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another such language;
be under the age limit of 65 for the duration of the secondment; and
be able to prove that their employer will continue to pay their salary, maintain their established or contractual employment status and guarantee their social rights and benefits, particularly as regards social security and pension rights, throughout the period of secondment.
Decision No 263/12 A Laying down rules on the secondment of national experts to the EESC ENFR