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 Committee welcomes the Commission's intention to facilitate the expansion of cross-border trade for businesses, encourage cross-border purchases by consumers and consolidate the advantages of the internal market.
However, with regard to the content, the Committee considers that the proposal for a regulation needs a number of important improvements. The EESC highlights the following key issues:
there are major difficulties in the implementation of the Common European Sales Law;
greater allowance must be made for specific characteristics of SMEs;
European model contracts must be drawn up in consultation with employer, SME and consumer organisations;
stronger legal certainty must be guaranteed and the content of the Common European Sales Law improved;
consumer and SME protection requirements must be taken fully into consideration.
Furthermore, the EESC suggests dividing up the Common European Sales Law into two separate documents covering B2B and B2C contracts respectively. The Committee attaches also great importance to the optional nature of the new rules. It stresses as well that the Common European Sales Law must comply fully with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.