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 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Long term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules - COM(2020) 94 final - the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Identifying and addressing barriers to the Single Market - COM(2020) 93 final.
supports the Commission's Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules;
is willing to support and endorses the Commission's Communication on Identifying and tackling barriers to the single market;
believes that for too long the insufficient or inadequate application of EU rules has been the Achilles heel of EU law, and that therefore many instances of fraud and illegal behaviour have not been dealt with;
urges the Commission to include in the action plan a clearly defined role for civil society actors, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers;
stresses that the crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19 entails serious risks for the single market, namely that differences between EU countries in terms of economic development, social guarantees and levels of prosperity could increase after the pandemic is over;
notes that despite the real achievements of the single market, businesses and consumers still report too many remaining obstacles.