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.
welcomes the Commission's political resolve to continue to fight against the pay gap between women and men;
finds that Member States should focus their efforts on tackling the causes of pay differentials, which are related to the fact that men's and women's work are valued differently and that there is a division of labour in the labour market based on gender;
suggests that employers should make annual checks and reviews of wages to identify the problems of gender discrimination in job classification systems and establish an equal opportunities plan;
points out that there should be transparency when it comes to provisions on notification and consultation of employees and their representatives on the pay and pay trends of women and men within same organisation;
underlines that children and young people of both sexes should be provided with good models which encourage the take-up of non-traditional jobs;
finds that paid parental leave for both parents should be introduced in countries where it does not exist and that well-developed and subsidised childcare facilities should be developed, enabling parents to continue working with shorter career breaks;
call on Member States to ensure that information on the causes of gender pay differentials is disseminated to all stakeholders;
expects government institutions and political leaders in Member States to set a good example through their practices and conduct in implementing the principles discussed in the opinion.