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.
calls for a transformative approach to care centred on people, their rights and their needs, including their participation in any relevant discussions, consultations and decisions;
urges the Commission to be ambitious in setting out a care strategy that can contribute to cohesion and upward convergence in healthcare and long-term care among and within the Member States;
proposes the launch of a European Care Guarantee, to ensure that everyone living in the EU has life-long access to affordable quality healthcare and care services. This instrument would also address care deficits and promote decent working conditions for carers, including informal carers;
given that efficient, accountable and well funded public services remain key in ensuring equal access to quality, calls on the European Union to ensure complementarity and balance between public and private providers of care services based on solidarity and to encourage and support investments in the social economy;
proposes an update of the Action Plan for the Health and Care Workforce in the European Union, including an integrated health workforce planning and forecasting and the update of health and long-term care workforce skills, namely to the opportunities offered by digitalization;
calls for the setting up of a European health workforce surveillance service to assist Member States in establishing and maintaining planning structures and coordinating cross-border aspects of planning. This would be linked to right to free movement for health workers;
is convinced that Social dialogue involving governments, employers and workers and their representative organisations, is key to a transformative care strategy and resilient health systems in the EU.
 The European Commission published in 2012 its Action Plan for the EU health workforce.