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.
believes that the social economy bodies are the strategic partners for the implementation of the European social rights base and the construction of a European Union which reaffirms that the economy has the essential purpose of serving people. To this end, it recommends that member states' governments plan to involve these bodies broadly in their national plans for recovery and resilience in the aftermath of the pandemic crisis;
considers it necessary for the European Union to have a permanent statistics collection mechanism through which it will be possible to have validated, comparable and up-to-date data on the size of this sector and its influence;
believes that social economy organisations should benefit from adequate support policies that recognise their mission of general interest. These actions must take place on four levels: tax policies, policies to encourage investment, initiatives that strengthen job stability, initiatives to promote workers' skills and technological innovation;
calls for and wants the social economy action plan to provide an opportunity to put in place operational instruments and concrete legislative proposals.