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.
suggests that the "juste retour" principle must be abandoned as it is contrary to the values of solidarity and mutual benefit which underpin European integration. Rather, the subsidiarity principle needs to be applied;
congratulates the European Commission on proposing a return to the principle of own resources which can be newly created or substituted for national taxes;
finds that the European budget must be strengthened and have a leverage effect. National and European budgets should complement each other in order to achieve economies of scale;
recommends more systematic recourse to EIB loans, public-private partnerships and the creation of Eurobonds for investment;
underlines that the only way to make a success of an ambitious budget is to win the battle of public opinion;
would like studies to be carried out and published on the cost of non-Europe, highlighting duplication in national budgets.