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.
Efficient market infrastructure and intermediaries enhance the capital flow from investors to European investment projects
In a speech delivered at the "Annual Investor Relations Awards" in Sofia on 25 September, Ms Milena Angelova, co-rapporteur for the EESC opinion on a Capital Markets Union, recommended decisive and swift actions to be taken, in particular in terms of developing a secondary market, developing a mechanism to make traded SMEs more attractive for investors, and the introduction of credit ratings for SMEs according to a standardised transparent methodology. Furthermore, Ms Angelova emphasized the need for more 'tailor-made' investment products as these should better match companies' needs, and that efforts should also focus on finding ways to decrease the relatively high clearing and settlement costs when trading across borders.