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.
endorses the proposed directive extending the minimum standard rate for VAT at 15%. It is indeed desirable to set a minimum rate of this kind, in the interests of the proper functioning of the internal market;
calls for further efforts to be made to move away from the current transitional VAT system, which has been in place for more than 20 years, towards a definitive VAT regime tailored to the European internal market;
reaffirms the need for a simple, harmonised indirect taxation system, reducing the administrative burden and bringing patent benefits for businesses and individuals, guaranteeing fair taxation and certain revenue for public finances, reducing the risks of tax fraud, and contributing to the further development and completion of the internal market;
welcomes the Commission's decision to issue, in March 2016, an Action Plan on the Future of VAT. In the Committee's view, it is important to support the much-needed continued economic revival and growth by all possible means, and a tailored VAT regime is part of that.