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.
calls for awareness of the situation of people living in institutions to be raised, through consistent and disaggregated data, and for human rights indicators to be established;
calls on Member States to put anti-discrimination measures in place and to promote the right of people with disabilities to participate fully in society and the economy, as part of National Reform Programmes (NRPs);
recommends that Member States use European Structural and Investment Funds to promote the transition from institutional to community-based care, to develop social and health services and to train support services staff;
recommends that Member States reform long-term care on the basis of cost-effectiveness analysis, adopting a long-term approach which includes investing in people and services instead of cutting financial resources;
highlights that "deinstitutionalisation" is a process which requires a long-term political strategy and the allocation of adequate financial resources to develop alternative support services in the community;
recommends that professionals throughout Europe be trained to work in community-based services and that they be informed about the deinstitutionalisation process;
recommends that community-based services be available locally and that they be affordable and accessible for all;
recommends that partnerships be built between all stakeholders involved in the deinstitutionalisation process; and
urges the Member States to establish independent and efficient inspection and monitoring services, to ensure compliance with regulatory and quality standards for care services.