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.
believes that the European Commission Communication on Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond (COM(2020) 550 final) should be a strategic policy tool for rethinking the EU sustainable model of tourism and transport;
calls for a comprehensive package of measures, with guidelines and recommendations aimed at:
the safe restoration of transport and connectivity following the adoption of a common political framework agreement for all EU Member States;
establishing an EU common strategic plan to help the Member States implement economic and support measures for tourism SMEs, restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, tour guides, etc.
pending a vaccine, establishing a EU health passport, with a harmonised Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and QR codes combined with a multilingual Health Assistance Platform.
establishing immediately a European mechanism for monitoring the implementation of support measures for SMEs and workers, particularly liquidity, lending and transparency in support measures;
asks for intensive social dialogue and a substantial policy agenda which are are urgently needed to negotiate updated sectoral collective agreements for the tourism and transport sectors. These include SMEs and representative SME organisations most affected by COVID-19.