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.
considers that the gradual erosion of the purchasing power of the middle classes and of all consumers in general, and the financial difficulties threatening small and medium-sized enterprises, have made it necessary to review standard commercial market practices;
points out the need for systemic measures by the public authorities to save consumers from their gradual weakening and fall in consumption;
stresses the need to correct the existing imbalances, in order to improve the position of producers and small and medium-sized enterprises;
recommends measures to be adopted in the areas of prevention, protection, mitigation and recovery on both, EU and Member States level.