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.
Collaborative consumption can meet social needs in situations where there is no commercial interest and it can help, as a for-profit activity, to create jobs, while complying with the rules on taxation, safety, liability, consumer protection and other essential rules.
The EESC invites the European Commission to address the issue of collaborative consumption in its work programme and to:
compile the basic rights and principles already enshrined in EU law to protect the public;
draw up the relevant studies, identifying any potential barriers to the operation of these activities and any problems that would need to be solved;
set up a database containing exchanges of experiences and best practices in collaborative consumption and make it accessible to all consumers;
organise awareness-raising and information campaigns on these forms of consumption;
endeavour, on the basis of the experience gained, to harmonise legislation on cross-border issues and those bringing European added value to the matter.