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.
welcomes the proposal for a review of the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, and considers that it is a major step forward in implementing the action plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion;
endorses the Commission proposal aiming to implement a general anti-abuse rule (GAAR);
supports the effort to curb the use of hybrid financial instruments enabling cross border groups to obtain tax advantages which undermine competition within the single market;
recommends that when implementing this directive, Member States take account of the Commission's recommendation on aggressive tax planning as well as the interpretation of the European Court of Justice;
recommends that the Commission draw up a recommendation which will help the Member States ensure that the transposition of the directive is legally correct;
asks that Member States should adhere to very clear legal definitions in order to ensure that the directive is implemented correctly, without creating complicated situations for businesses and tax administrations.