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.
stresses the need for digitalisation to take place in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way, by paying attention to the prevention of harmful environmental impacts of digitalisation and the digital divides regarding access to infrastructure and skills;
highlights the importance of intensive investment in digital infrastructure, research and innovation, and skills development, all of which are key enabling factors of digitalisation;
highlights the importance of ensuring a well-functioning single market in data, as it is a prerequisite for enhancing the other four freedoms through digitalisation;
considers that the digitalisation of information through initiatives like the "digital product passports" can further contribute to the free movement of goods in the single market, while ensuring the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property rights;
calls for action to overcome existing barriers to e-commerce in the single market, e.g. through enforcing the EU's rules on geo-blocking;
suggests that the withdrawn Commission proposal for a "services e-card", aimed at helping service providers to operate across borders, should be put back on the agenda;
urges the introduction of secure and standardised digital identification systems, such as eID-cards, in order to provide EU citizens, residents and businesses with a secure means of digital identification;
calls for the development and scaling up of initiatives in the sphere of digitalisation of social security and labour mobility and encourages the introduction of initiatives such as the European Social Security Pass;
invites EU institutions to further harmonise the regulation of digital financial services and increase innovation funding for digital solutions, in order to boost FinTech applications.