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.
agrees with the aims of the Council Recommendation and some of its proposals, but expresses its disagreement with the proposal for a neutral aggregate fiscal stance of the euro area, as well as with the way the recommendation on salaries is formulated;
believes the economic policy of the euro area should be designed as part of a project to reform EMU by overcoming shortcomings in its structure and functioning, and expresses concern about the paralysis in the reform process;
believes the Council recommendations should be part of a general economic policy strategy that uses as reference the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement;
favours a positive fiscal stance for the euro area through investment spending in surplus countries;
believes the EU and Member States must make a greater commitment to the fight against poverty and inequality and to increased social cohesion, in particular by providing adequate funding for the European Pillar of Social Rights;
considers that the effort to limit unit labour costs should not come from reducing or freezing wages, but from an increase in productivity;
believes that wages need to be determined by the social partners and that the European Semester should reinforce collective bargaining or introduce it where it does not exist;
believes additional measures must be taken to raise the lowest wages and reduce precariousness suffered by young people in particular;
believes favourable environments for business investment and innovation should be promoted, in particular when dealing with the digitalisation of economic activities;
reiterates that Banking Union and Capital Markets Union are very important for financing economic activity, and expresses concern about the delays and obstacles in developing Banking Union;
believes European authorities should commit effectively to the fight against misappropriation of public funds, tax fraud and aggressive tax planning, money laundering, tax havens and unfair tax competition between Member States.