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.
is strongly in favour of the CMU union and is ambitious regarding its implementation. The CMU, together with the banking union, should ensure a financial union, and its implementation should therefore contribute to ensuring the establishment of the EMU;
finds it absolutely necessary that the CMU becomes a reality in all EU Member States;
calls for the political will at European level and in the Member States to make all necessary efforts and to establish all of the relevant conditions required;
is strongly in favour of establishing a system to regularly assess the progress with and implementation of the CMU in the Member States, using both qualitative and quantitative measures, with the results of this to be made publicly available;
welcomes the current rapid mid-term review and recommends that such exercises should in future take place on a regular basis;
believes that further steps in building the CMU should focus on action and measures that achieve the greatest convergence;
believes it is important to ensure that the foundations of an irrevocable and irreversible CMU are laid down as quickly as possible;
calls for attention to be given to the financing of SMEs, for which bank financing remains an extremely important issue;
welcomes the focus on the strengthening of sustainable investments;
is pleased that supervision will be a key part of efforts to develop the CMU.