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 EESC congratulates the Commission for its achievements in the area of competition over the last 40 years. It welcomes the Commission's intention to promote changes to the report on competition and highlights the importance of the report's content taking a more strategic view, paving the way for a debate on competition policy rather than on competition law.
Furthermore, the Committee highlights
the possible distortions which a continuation of the crisis and the temporary measures taken may cause in terms of competition;
the importance of guaranteeing fair external trade and strict compliance with all aspects of the fundamental ILO conventions;
the risks of liberalising the energy sector, with regard to both quality and continuity of supply, and prices;
the price volatility on the raw materials market;
the inability of national competition authorities to perform their role as regulators in sectors where prices are influenced by variations in raw material prices;
the importance of supervision by national competition authorities in the large retail sector;
the need to draw up legislative proposals on antitrust damages actions for breaches of EU antitrust rules;
the importance of establishing a European patent; and
the issue of self-regulation as a potentially effective means of stimulating the development of certain markets promoting fair trade.