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.
thoroughly welcomes and appreciates all the efforts made hitherto by the European Union to reduce the segregation of the Roma and promote their social integration;
points out that these combined efforts have not helped in any decisive way to remedy the discrimination experienced by many Roma, nor to improve their quality of life;
emphasises that it will only be possible to improve this difficult situation by means of an integrated, coordinated and coherent Europe-wide strategy;
welcomes the proposals set out in the European Commission's communication on a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, but feels that this long-awaited strategy could have been more ambitious, more specific and better structured;
suggests the following three pillars for a realistic, feasible policy to the Member States:
- a race- and ethnicity-neutral inclusive policy
- a policy to support empowerment of those who regard themselves as members of any Roma community
- general policies and publicity to combat racism;
emphasises the need to involve local civil society representatives, scientific specialists, the social partners and representatives of the Roma communities in policy consultation, formulation and implementation.