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 proposals for a Single Market Act II must not ignore the difficult situation in the EU resulting from the inability of several Member States to remedy their public deficits, prevailing stagnation of GDP and rising unemployment.
The Europe 2020 strategy should be the overall guideline for the development of the Single Market.
The preparation of the new set of proposals to enhance the Single Market should take into consideration the views of all stakeholders including civil society organisations and the social partners.
The measures to release the potential of the Single Market for businesses, consumers, citizens and other stakeholders should be taken mainly in the field of services, access to finance, removal of administrative burden for SMEs, e-commerce, digital Single Market and mobility. They should be accompanied by actions aimed at reinforcing consumer protection and confidence on the one hand and taking due account of the social aspects of the Single Market by supporting the social economy and respecting the need for social cohesion as well as citizens' rights and interests, on the other.