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.
sees the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) as an element of value added for the Alpine area as well as a driver for development that can nurture the competitiveness and cohesion of Europe as a whole;
regrets that the EUSALP does not put the social dimension on the same footing as the environmental and economic aspects;
believes it is essential to conceive innovation strategies that more effectively nurture competitiveness and generate jobs, attract new investment, strengthen action in support of agriculture and forestry and make the most of the varied forms of tourism in the area;
finds it necessary to shrink goods and passenger road transport and to promote environmentally sustainable accessibility to tourist areas;
finds it important to maintain a balance between the conservation of natural and cultural capital and its rational use, ecological connectivity, the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, and a secure energy supply that is affordable and of a high quality;
calls for the EUSALP to have an effective multilevel governance;
stresses therefore that it is essential to support and enhance the participation of civil society in shaping the EUSALP;
finds that when it comes to the EUSALP's monitoring and evaluation systems, it is vital to accompany quantitative measurement with qualitative indicators;
welcomes the proposals that aim to enhance the synergies between the EUSALP and other existing macrostrategies, also with a view to projecting the concept of macroregions towards other European areas.