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.
strongly believes that by creating a fertile ground for women entrepreneurship and the adequate financial and legislative instruments, such as gender budgeting, we can create an inclusive financial ecosystem in the EU and Member States and advance faster towards gender equality;
stresses that the EU should collect gender-disaggregated data in the European context of investments and integrate them into the annual Gender Equality Index;
finds it important to provide women with more networking and training opportunities and mentoring programmes. In addition to this, the EESC stresses the importance of education in challenging gender stereotypes and in building an entrepreneurial culture that prepares women to think big;
suggests that diversity of teams with a specific focus on women should be a criterion for receiving public funding. It is important to set specific standards so as to avoid "pinkwashing";
recommends that all European authorities and Member States should use gender budgeting tools at all levels of the budgetary process. The participation of civil society and social dialogue are also crucial in order to detect the areas that need to be addressed through the budget;
considers that all juries of European financial institutions should achieve gender balance as soon as possible to avoid homophily or "similar attracts similar" bias. In addition, awareness campaigns and unconscious bias training for investors and juries is important;
suggests that the Commission publishes a gender impact assessment of the annual EU budget and creates a task force to align and include gender mainstreaming EU objectives in the next and current MFFs;
calls for EU funds to be made more accessible to women's organisations by simplifying procedures and providing grants for their core activity;
calls for an ambitious vision from the European Commission and the European institutions on gender budgeting and gender lens investing.