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.
calls for access to full qualification to face the challenges of the dual digital and green transition to be a real right for all, as well as rights to lifelong learning;
recognises that transitions should not be achieved through dismissals or drastic labour market measures; urges in this regard setting up systems that favour internal rather than external transitions, whereby companies can train their workers in the necessary skills;
points at the need for digital skills programming to be more sensitive to the training of older people and other disadvantaged groups; believes that a just transition includes ensuring everyone's access to opportunities to improve basic digital skills relating to daily tasks, and also to understand issues such as data security, personal data protection, privacy online and the dangers of disinformation; calls for training on digital skills and competences to be recognised and certified by the competent authorities;
calls for the EU Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 to include effective strategies to improve training and adapt the skills of employed and unemployed workers in all sectors, regardless of company size, with the involvement of social partners; proposes including sustainable development in education and training policies and programmes;
stresses the role of collective bargaining as a tool for shaping and adapting training programmes; skills training needs to be linked to paid training leave, in line with national legislation and national agreements;
calls for efforts to promote and facilitate the adjustment of existing learning programmes to include the skills needed as part of the dual digital and green transition, and for teaching staff to be trained on these subjects;
considers it essential to begin strategically monitoring skills needs to anticipate future training needs for labour markets and societies, in order to avoid green and digital gaps and to strengthen the EU's competitiveness.