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 High Level Group on Own Resources, chaired by Mr Mario Monti, published its final report, recommending reforms both on the revenue and the expenditure side, to address current challenges and to achieve tangible results for the European citizens.
The EESC has since long advocated the introduction of a new system of own resources that would help abandon the "juste retour" principle which is contrary to the values of solidarity and mutual benefit that underpin European integration. In an opinion, the EESC considers that the present Multiannual Financial Framework and the post-2020 version should concentrate their resources sufficiently, directing them towards programmes that can relaunch economic, social and environmental development and stimulate employment, innovation and competitiveness, very much in line with the recommendations of the high level group.
Mr Monti discussed the findings and recommendations of the high level group and of the EESC with the members of the EESC's ECO Section at their meeting on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at the EESC premises in Brussels.