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.
underlines that Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union recognises and respects the rights of older people to lead a life of dignity and independence; the challenge of the future will be to tackle the demographic change in an affirmative way;
stresses that elder abuse is a much-neglected issue; particular risks are faced by older people who are dependent on care and/or are isolated within their own homes or resident in care facilities;
therefore urges the EU Council presidencies, the European Commission and Member State governments to address the issue of elder abuse, particularly within a care setting;
feels that a pan-European strategy is needed; this pan-European strategy must be underpinned by an EU-wide study of elder abuse, particularly within a care setting;
considers that a national and EU-wide exchange of good practice procedures and models is absolutely vital both to securing quality assurance and to promoting the development of care standards;
finds that elder abuse, particularly within a care setting, can only be effectively prevented by action at the appropriate national level; thus, national action plans must be drawn up that take particular account of the following points;
it is essential to break the taboo of elder abuse in a care setting by raising public awareness;
general guidelines and appropriate legal bases should be established that are consistent with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
national reports are needed on the prevention of elder abuse in a care setting, whether provided at home or in a care facility;
steps must be taken to improve the information available to individuals and institutions directly involved in care, to boost their scope for action and to enhance cooperation;
a broad-based, readily accessible and confidential advisory service should be set up;
arrangements must be made to provide respite for family carers and advice and support for professional carers;
networks should be established among all players and institutions directly involved in care.