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.
recognises that the European Commission and the OECD have responded to growing complexity and lack of transparency in the financial system;
therefore calls on the financial industry to apply the new legislation properly and to self-regulate in order to foster appropriate and honest practices and making it easier to access transparent financial products;
feels that Europeans have a responsibility to improve their financial awareness throughout their lives. Financial education should be seen as a comprehensive policy in which all stakeholders work together;
calls for financial education to become a compulsory subject on the school curriculum, and this education should be followed up in training and retraining programmes for workers;
feels that financial education that is accessible to everyone will benefit society as a whole. The financial industry itself has an obligation to be actively involved in programmes focusing on both microfinance and education, and in the provision of access to basic financial services;
wishes to point out that current financial education programmes have limited reach and stresses that it is important to evaluate their suitability;
stresses that the needs of financial-product users must be a priority issue at high-level international meetings such as the G-20 summits. It therefore calls for the setting-up of a group of experts in consumer financial protection.