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 European Commission presented in December 2011 a strategy to promote better access to finance for SMEs with a specific EU Action Plan which includes an increasing financial support from the EU budget and the European Investment Bank as well as a proposal for a regulation setting uniform rules for the marketing of venture capital funds.
The public hearing that took place on 28 June gathered stakeholders from SMEs and the financial community to discuss these issues.
Anna Maria Darmanin (EESC vicepresident 2010-2013 - rapporteur) - Joost van Iersel (President) - Patrick Klein (Administrator)
Bryan Cassidy (Chairman of the INT Section)
Panel (Bryan Cassidy - Ronny Lannoo - Rueben Buttigieg - Anna Maria Darmanin - Joost van Iersel - Patrick Klein)
Anna Maria Darmanin (Vicepresident of the EESC 2010-2013 - Rapporteur)
Joost van Iersel (President)
Per-Ove Engelbrecht (Commission EU)
Gerhard Huemer (UEAPME)
Gérard Dantin (EESC member)
Marcel Roy (AECM)
Chris Dauw (Belgian Credit Mediator)
Oliver Gajda (European Crowdfunding Network)
James Burnham (European Venture Capital Association - EVCA)