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.
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Advertising which wrongfully uses children for purposes unrelated to matters which directly concern them is an affront to human dignity and to their physical and mental integrity should be banned.
It involves additional risks depending on the age-group involved, with harmful consequences for their physical, mental or moral health. The violent, racist, xenophobic, erotic or pornographic content of some advertising can have irreversible effects on children's physical, mental, moral and civic development. The EESC calls on all players to adopt and apply and enforce the highest levels of protection of children's rights. The Community legal framework does not meet current needs for protecting children's rights with regard to advertising messages.