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 European Semester is constantly changing. The process was recently reinforced by the inclusion of social policy, a closer link between the EU budget and the Semester and the aim of better integrating the UN sustainable development goals. Amongst the challenges to address are, however, lack of ownership of proposed reforms and more sluggish implementation of country-specific recommendations.
The involvement of organised civil society in the European Semester is therefore fundamental, as stakeholders' co-ownership of reforms improves their implementation and helps to achieve positive outcomes. However, organised civil society is not sufficiently represented in the work of the EU Semester.
In this brochure, we have put together a series of semester-related opinions and an information report in which the EESC makes policy recommendations on the various elements of the European Semester.
Improving the European Semester - The views of organised civil society Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion