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.
The EESC agrees with the need to prepare a truly European transversal child and youth strategy and is ready to contribute to this process with its modest means.
The youth strategy should be facilitated through a permanent structure within the Commission (coordinating the work of various DGs involved) or an interinstitutional group and should be based on setting up of a monitoring mechanism with clear targets and deadlines.
The EESC urges Member States and European institutions to take the necessary steps to reduce youth unemployment in Europe.
The EESC urges that the situation of young people in rural areas and poor urban areas be given greater consideration.
The EESC recommends that the Commission continues to work on the recognition of voluntary youth work.
The EESC repeats its main points on the subject of voluntary activities of young people, mainly that the Commission should announce a Year of Volunteers and publish a White Paper on voluntary activity. Awareness should be raised on the contribution of youth work to the development of young people and the skills, values and attitudes gained through active involvement in youth organisations and youth work activities.
The EESC supports the development of structured dialogue between decision-makers and young people.