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.
believes that the reinforcement of NCAs' autonomy and the provision of adequate resources is vital. Genuine independence, expertise and training are necessary for effective work, and the ECN+ Directive should be closely monitored to see that this is achieved;
supports the Commission in the area of private legal enforcement of the competition rules and argues that class actions should be facilitated by the legal systems of all Member States;
believes that further proposals on franchising, to be included in the Block Exemption Regulation in order to restore the commercial and contractual balance between franchisees and the franchisor, should be considered;
considers that where there are significant para-commercial activities run by local authorities which may benefit from public subsidy enabling unfair competition these should be studied to see whether an adaptation of state aid rules or other instruments is necessary;
urges specific provision within the Multiannual Financial Framework to monitor anti-competitive practices being created within the digital economy, as it is concerned that adequate resources are currently not applied.