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.
In the Green Paper, the Commission proposes a number of different approaches aimed at increasing the coherence of contract law.
Of the various options proposed by the Commission, the EESC favours a hybrid option which takes account of the need to reduce costs and provide legally certain solutions by means of:
- a "toolbox" serving as a common frame of reference available to parties drawing up cross-border contracts, accompanied by,
- an optional regulatory regime establishing an "optional advanced new regime" (by means of an EU regulation) which could be used by the parties as a more favourable basis when entering into cross-border contracts. Such regulation shall not prevent any Member State from maintaining or introducing more stringent protective measures for consumers.
The Committee believes that the scope of the legal instruments should encompass cross-border commercial sale-of-goods contracts. For Business to Consumer (B2C) contracts, and those involving SMEs, the Committee considers that maximum effective protection in addition to legal certainty and safeguards for consumers must be secured.