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.
agrees with and supports the Commission's proposal, although it thinks it insufficient;
believes that the European institutions and Member States should establish an aid programme for euro area countries in difficulty – beginning with Greece – that is more substantial and that has more credibility than what has been proposed up to now;
calls for greater flexibility in the application of the new European governance of tax and budgetary policy.
The EESC also considers that it is necessary:
to extend the proposal (the removal of co-financing for Greece) to the whole 2014-2020 period;
to speed up and bring forward support from the Juncker plan to Greece in order to promote economic recovery, development and employment;
to simplify administrative procedures;
to evaluate the possibility of extending these arrangements or similar measures (accompanied by appropriate checks) to other countries that have been worst affected by the crisis and that have a higher rate of unemployment than the European average.