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.
stresses the importance of giving more time to this complex topic;
feels that an incorrect or rushed approach may counteract the EU Institutions’ aim to support the development and growth of the social enterprise sector. The EESC therefore urges the Commission to prioritise further awareness-raising and full implementation of the Social Business Initiative agenda;
reiterates that social impact assessment is on-going process and an integral part of an enterprise’s activity, as well as an important strategic planning tool;
recommends that, rather than developing a new method, the Commission build awareness of the most commonly used principles;
points out that the methods developed for the EuSEF and PESI Regulations should be piloted, closely monitored and revised if needed, to ensure that they do not hinder social enterprises’ access to finance through these instruments.
This is of particular relevance for stakeholders in the social economy and social enterprises.