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.
The European Economic and Social Committee welcomes the interest and support shown by the future French presidency of the Council towards the mobility of young Europeans.
The EESC believes that the main problem faced by the EU in terms of young people's cross-border mobility is the clear lack of solutions to the problems that have already been described on numerous occasions, and the difficulty in applying the measures adopted to solve these problems.
Thus, the EESC considers that there is no need to set up further expert or high-level groups which are likely to revisit issues that have already been addressed in the past.
The situation of young people should be methodically defined, dividing them into different target groups with comparable circumstances and subject to similar issues.
The EESC considers that what is needed is to implement the right measures in a reasonably short time so that all that has already been said about mobility can be legitimised as solutions to the mobility problems faced by young people in Europe.
By involving all stakeholders in making mobility a reality for young people and taking a more proactive approach to the different EU policies in the field, it could be possible to bring about a fundamental change to the status quo.