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 welcomes the presentation of the proposal for a regulation and is pleased that the Commission has taken on board a considerable part of the recommendations made by the EESC in its opinion on the 2006 Green Paper on the attachment of bank accounts.
The EESC considers that this proposal should be accompanied by a simultaneous regulation on the transparency of debtors' assets.
The clear adoption of an alternative or optional approach, the choice of a regulation as the EU instrument to best ensure the legislative harmonisation, application of the measure only to cross-border situations and the choice of the legal basis (Article 81(2) TFEU) are particularly welcome.
However, the EESC is not entirely convinced with regard either to the essential nature of the measure or to its full compliance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. The Committee considers also that the content of some provisions needs to be reviewed and could be improved.