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 outbreak of COVID-19 is having a significant negative impact on the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector. The EESC therefore welcomes the European Commission's proposal, which it considers very necessary, and asks the European institutions to adopt it without delay.
However, the Committee believes that certain additional measures should be adopted, either in this legislative proposal or in other complementary ones. It therefore calls on the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament to take into account the general and specific comments made in the present opinion.
In line with its declaration on The EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for Member States to show unprecedented solidarity, in which it urges the Commission to immediately review the current EU budget to take into account the scale of the crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the EESC requests that the European Commission provide for an additional, extraordinary budget to enable Member States to deliver the measures the Commission itself has proposed.