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 aim of the information report is to highlight the realities of the delegated legislative procedure introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.
The delegation procedure must allow the legislator to focus on the essential. This is welcome, as long as the powers delegated to the Commission are properly managed and implemented in a transparent fashion.
After analysis, there are still doubts as to the simplicity of the procedure, how the European public really perceives what is at stake here, the "correct" usage of this procedure and the effectiveness of the control mechanisms.
As a consequence, it is proposed to draw up an own-initiative opinion where the EESC can express its position on this issue, based on the observations and conclusions arrived at in this report, with a view to a possible proposal for improving the EU's legislative procedure.