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.
A treaty establishing a Transport Community is currently being negotiated by the European Commission and Governments of all the Western Balkan countries. This Treaty aims at fostering regional cooperation in the field of transport. Similarly as the Energy Community Treaty does, it also aims at harmonising national legislations of the Western Balkan countries with the acquis, as regards transport and relevant social policies.
Within this policy framework, the EESC recommends to:
maintain the social dimension as a priority when implementing the treaty establishing a Transport Community. The Social Forum – to be established by the treaty - should be supported in order to become an effective instrument for enhanced sectoral social dialogue at regional level;
strengthen regional cooperation in the field of transport policy and transport infrastructure;
take into account the South East Europe Core Regional Transport Network as a future part of TEN-T in the process of TEN-T Policy Revision in order to support the further integration of the Western Balkans into the EU;
improve border management and increase the capacity of border crossings in order to speed up and improve the quality of transport at regional level;
initiate a study on employment in the Western Balkan Contracting Parties of the Transport Community;
give due attention to the development of training programmes for both employers and employees in order to enable them to better respond to changes in the labour market;
improve transparency in public procurement in the Western Balkans.