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.
finds that the adoption of common EU standards contributes to the development of a competitive single market;
finds that the time required to develop standards should be reduced in order to always reflect society's needs (reduction by 50% by 2020), without, however, this being carried out in a uniform fashion and without calling into question the necessary and sometimes lengthy consultation of stakeholders;
is of the opinion that participation in standardisation should be as important as participation in the legislative process. Greater participation by consumers, SMEs and other stakeholders is needed and can be achieved through financial support;
recognises the particularity of the ICT market and the need for a rapid definition of standards. A genuinely inclusive process should validate these standards;
considers it crucial for the EU interest to play a very active part in the international activities in the field of standardisation.