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.
agrees with the Commission's objectives regarding the harmonisation of legal systems and the interpretation of the 2004 intellectual property rights enforcement directive (IPRED);
supports the FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) principles in relation to standard-essential patents (SEPs);
calls for a regulation that encourages young researchers to use their knowledge and skills to set up new business projects;
believes that it is essential to persuade consumers to behave in a more socially responsible way with regard to "intangible" property, as they do where "tangible" property is concerned, without compromising their right to "private copying" in the area of copyright.
considers that the open source principle must be correctly implemented in the field of public research;
recommends that a European mediation network be set up, to work in line with the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union.