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.
Insists that only the systematic involvement of social partners and civil society organisations will ensure a fair and equitable economic and social recovery in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Principles such as the rule of law, protection of democratic values, social and human rights and a commitment to the sustainable development goals are key in this context.
Welcomes the adoption of the Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood and its measures in support of recovery to improve the quality of life of the region's people. This renewed partnership must betightly bound to environmental, demographic and immigration challenges, while fully respecting the EU's founding values.
Raises attention to the impact of climate change affecting the Mediterranean area in the form of desertification, water scarcity and rising temperatures. Initiatives such as WestMED can contribute to the achievement of climate and environmental goals and lead to job creating while protecting ecosystems and diversity.
Underlines the role of blue economy with its many small- and medium-sized enterprises in the economic and social recovery throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region. The swift recovery of tourism will contribute to sustained job creation around the Mediterranean.
Reminds of the ongoing trade negotiations between the EU and Morocco and Tunisia, as well as of the upcoming negotiations with Jordan. The modernisation of trade relations with these countries should reflect existing asymmetries and adequately accommodate the EU's southern trading partners to sustain their economic and social reconstruction.
Sustains the importance of a proper vaccination campaign and the strengthening of COVAX with maximum logistical and supply support from the European Institutions. The release of patents on vaccines and medical products to combat pandemics is a major aspect in this context.