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 context of the 2020 strategy and its new objective for inclusive growth, its target to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020, its Flagship Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, and the new Guideline 10 on poverty and social exclusion, and in the light of the statements made in the Progress Report on the Europe 2020 Strategy that "there can be no sustainable growth unless its benefits accrue to all" and that "growth and social cohesion go together", the EESC calls upon the Council to ensure that:
a coherent approach to economic and social policy contributes to the elimination of poverty;
any proposed measures to reduce public deficits do not fall disproportionately on the poorest by reducing wages and benefits and cutting access to basic public services including health, education and housing;
due account is taken of the social and economic costs of exacerbating inequalities and social exclusion vis-à-vis the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies
proper attention is given to the social and economic benefits of investing in public services, social protection systems and inclusive labour markets in order to promote social cohesion.