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 focus of the study is to analyse the progress of the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package and its contribution towards promoting more sustainable and inclusive growth. The study is based on the concept of inclusive growth, derived from the development literature: it not only states that growth with equity is possible, but also that equity is necessary for growth.
According to various stakeholders the Plan misses the opportunity to move in the direction of promoting a more inclusive EU. The Juncker Plan, and the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI) in particular, pay little attention to long-term investment in social infrastructure and services and to the needs of disadvantaged population groups in the design and implementation of infrastructural investments. Social infrastructures represent in fact only 3% of all EFSI investments so far. A positive outcome of the Plan concerns the relevant role it is playing in promoting social entrepreneurship: the EFSI is supporting the European Investment Fund (EIF) to help exceptional numbers of European SMEs to access finance.
Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) only partially tackles a few of the social pillars currently being worked on, even though IPE could push relevant opportunities to intervene by supporting many of the Pillars.
The investment plan and the Social Pillar: a step towards a new strategy for Europe