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.
Job insecurity, low or unpredictable wages, abusive use of temporary contracts or lack of labour rights and protection are just some of the characteristics of work that can be described as precarious. This type of work is more common among workers in manual jobs, women, young people and migrants. Although its flexible working arrangements may make it attractive to some workers, for a vast majority it is not a voluntary choice. The evidence is mounting that constant uncertainty regarding such employment, pay and working conditions are starting to take a heavy toll on workers' mental health.
In the opinion, the EESC proposes:
to make sure that the relevant European and national legislation is fully implemented and enforced so as to reduce precarious work and the prevalence of the associated mental health problems;
to adopt specific legislation on preventing psychosocial risks at EU level;
to combat identified work-related psychosocial risks at the source.