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 EESC welcomes the communication of the European Commission on a "Space Strategy for Europe" and endorses the proposed guidelines. The EESC encourages the Commission to continue on this path and to set its sights on even more ambitious horizons. The Committee emphasizes that space activities are nowadays part of everyday life of European citizens. It focuses on the crucial role of SMEs as well as on the education and public awareness raising as far as space activities are concerned. The EESC highlights that the data usage should be more ambitious. It stresses that the mobilisation of additional financial resources for new investments as well as the active involvement of all Member States is essential for the success of the Space Strategy.
welcomes the Commission's Communication on a "Space Strategy for Europe";
reiterates its strong support for a space policy oriented towards civil needs;
invites the Commission together with European Investment Bank to identify new financing options to encourage private investors;
calls for the active involvement of all Member States ;
believes that education and public awareness-raising regarding the benefits of information and data made available through space activities are of highest importance;
invites the Commission to test the feasibility of creating a single portal;