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.
welcomes the proposed regulation, which is intended to facilitate trade within the internal market and improve access to justice in cross-border disputes;
supports the proposal to extend the procedure's scope by raising the ceiling and broadening the concept of "cross-border disputes";
endorses the proposal to limit the costs of proceedings, but recommends to clearly define that term to ensure that the measure is effective;
considers that all ways and means of making procedures easier for the parties (including the use of new technologies) should be supported;
reiterates the need to provide for consumers and SMEs to have access to assistance throughout proceedings and emphasizes the role of consumer associations, European consumer centres and business federations in this respect;
draws attention to the fact that the stated aim of encouraging the regulation of small disputes will not be achieved unless appropriate information on its existence is made available;
considers that in order to be effective, the procedural forms must be clear and easy for everyone to understand.