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 EESC endorses the COSME programme's general objectives yet notes that it does not take account of the demands put forward in the SBA opinion.
The EESC calls for the programme to address all businesses and to focus its resources on essential priorities.
The EESC also proposes an action to improve legislation, particularly through the creation of an "office of advocacy", which will aim to ensure that the legislation takes greater account of the realities facing small enterprises.
Lastly, the EESC stresses that there is an insufficient level of governance partnership in the proposal. It draws the attention of the European Parliament and the Council to the need to strengthen the partnership with SME representative organisations in line with other EU programmes.
The EESC feels that the proposed budget will not be sufficient to implement the measures that are required to support the long-term activities and development of SMEs. The EESC calls on the European Commission to clarify the budgetary distribution of the programme (other than financial instruments) and to include a detailed breakdown of the financial resources allocated to each activity within the programme.