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.
- considers it essential, in the light of growing problems linked to the control of the EU's external borders, to implement a system that couples the protection of individuals and border security with the creation of profitable trading links with third countries;
- welcomes the Commission's efforts to improve EU border controls and to boost the required funds and instruments, with the aim of ensuring innovative, high-quality customs controls and, ideally, the uniform application of customs legislation implemented in the external border offices;
- believes that the amount of funding allocated is insufficient considering the aims to be pursued and should, moreover, include equipment for monitoring phytosanitary safety and instruments for carrying out advanced spectrography on goods containers.