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 publication of the action plan and expresses its support for the Commission's efforts to tackle the erosion of Member States' tax bases and unfair competition;
endorses the introduction of a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) that will be obligatory for companies operating transnationally;
advocates extending the CCCTB to all companies, in order to avoid operating two different tax bases concurrently;
recommends that the Commission pay attention to the clarity of the definitions and concepts that are to govern the common tax base;
is pleased that the Commission has published the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions;
calls for EU legislation to provide sanctions for companies that continue to run their affairs from tax havens;
recommends that, following the adoption of the CCCTB directive and the introduction of consolidation, the Commission carry out an impact assessment of the new rules. Should this assessment show that there has been no decrease in profit shifting to Member States with lower tax rates, the EESC proposes adopting suitable new measures.
Slideshow DG TAXUD – A Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation