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 on the Commission to implement the Gender Equality Strategy;
recommends adopting gender mainstreaming strategies and advocates a intersectional approach to gender equality;
encourages the Commission and Member States to ensure that the gender perspective is integrated in COVID-19 recovery measures;
calls for a stronger commitment to gender equality in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, in the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, in the Commission's six priorities for 2019-2024, as well as in the recommendations of the European Semester;
calls upon the Member States to adopt specific measures to improve educational and careers' guidance to counter gender segregation in education and employment;
calls for action to remove the digital gender gap and to embed the gender perspective in the digital and artificial intelligence agendas;
calls on the Commission to urgently proceed with the proposal to introduce binding measures on gender pay transparency;
urges the Commission to adopt initiatives to eradicate violence against women;
recommends a systematic approach to care policies (including pay transparency, public services, infrastructure, taxation, transport, the digital and artificial intelligence agendas and EU funds);
calls the Commission to support the labour market participation of women with disabilities, Roma and migrant women;
finds that positive actions based on legislative, budgetary, voluntary, organisational and cultural measures are necessary to counter the low representation and participation of women in decision-making bodies;
asks the Council to proceed with the discussion on the directive on gender balance on corporate boards;
encourages the media and advertising sector to adopt codes of conduct and ensure gender balance in decision-making bodies;
asks the European Institute for Gender Equality to include in the Gender Equality Index a focus on gender equality in the media.