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 stresses that a real growth strategy at EU and national level is needed to support the creation of better and more stable jobs for young people. The EESC considers that Member States should make every effort to ensure that the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the Youth Guarantee (YG) are fully operational without delay. The EESC strongly recommends that the concrete action plans already adopted by MSs to tackle youth unemployment and youth employability be submitted for regular evaluation, with civil society involvement. Member States should foresee and create tools and conditions in order to help people to update, improve and evaluate their employability level. An improved partnership between enterprises and education institutions is strongly recommended. Member States should provide incentives to those universities and R&D units that offer degree courses in line with globalised market needs. Decent working conditions, salaries and pensions are necessary to make Education an attractive career option. The EESC welcomes the Erasmus + programme, and the agreement on the recognition of professional qualifications. The EESC welcomes the Framework of Actions on Youth Employment agreed by the social partners in June 2013. Concrete national and local measures should continue to be developed to offer a lifelong learning accessible to all.
The EESC recommends that Member States improve the resources allocated for quality education that should be considered not as expenditure but as essential investment to overcome the crisis and build a better future for all. The EESC strongly recommends that the EC organises a "European education and training day" in 2015. The EESC considers that industries and enterprises should implement their communication policies in order to increase the attractiveness of the industrial sector. All the initiatives adopted to improve youth employability should be adequately funded, via the ESF and other Structural Funds.