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.
endorses and supports the Commission's proposal to extend the current European statistical programme (ESP) to cover the 2018-2020 period and welcomes the preferred policy option chosen by the Commission;
considers that improving existing products and developing new ones is necessary to measure the EU's progress on the UN sustainable development strategy;
urges the Commission to foster statistical research for measuring the economic value of volunteering;
considers that the new statistical products proposed by the Commission measuring globalisation should include statistical surveys measuring its positive or negative effects on the single market;
recommends that shortcomings in statistical surveys on migration and asylum be identified swiftly and redressed;
endorses the Commission proposal to begin exploratory work on a future EU social survey;
also recommends that Member States step up investment in developing the European Statistical System (ESS) and calls for Eurostat as well as national statistical institutions to have the best possible human, financial and IT resources, while such actions must not result in an excessive increase in the administrative burden on data providers, households or businesses.