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 calls for using a holistic approach in diversity management policies in order to focus on all aspects of the work and daily lives of the groups in question.
Migrants and ethnic minorities are not a homogeneous group, and recognising intersectionality is crucial to develop successful diversity policies.
COVID-19 is exacerbating structural racism in Europe. The EU and its Member States should increase their legal and political efforts to tackle racism and xenophobia.
Migrants and ethnic minorities are at the forefront of tackling the pandemic. Recognition of their contribution should include the provision of quality working conditions, fair wages and social protection.
Diversity policies should not only address the underutilisation of migrants' skills but also provide them with free education, including language courses.
Employers should be helped to make use of existing toolkits and methodologies, such as those developed by the European Network Against Racism.
Diversity policies should be mainstreamed across the EU. Member States should develop National Action Plans Against Racism, as proposed by the UN World Conference Against Racism which took place in South Africa in 2018.
The EU Commission should urgently develop a new plan on the inclusion of third-country nationals, since the previous one expired in 2018.
There is a particular need to improve the collection of data on the situation of these groups in the labour market and on the development of diversity policies.
To promote active citizenship, Member States should encourage migrants to actively participate in decision-making processes at local level.
Both the EU institutions and bodies, such as the EESC, should lead by example in diversity management by increasing the number of members and staff from ethnic minority backgrounds.