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.
notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level;
considers that social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro;
believes that this requires inter alia the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union and the Banking Union;
reiterates in this connection the relevance of supporting SMEs and further increasing productivity as a means to enhance the euro area's competitiveness in international markets;
believes that the fragmentation of the euro area's sovereign bond market should be addressed by investigating options for creating more liquid and safer euro assets;
considers that the ECB may facilitate a stronger international role of the euro by fulfilling its mandate of maintaining price stability and by supporting deeper Economic and Monetary Union and Capital Markets Union;
believes that additional measures are required to deepen the European financial sector, including a stronger European financial market infrastructure and solid interest rate benchmarks;
considers that the promotion of a wider use of the euro in strategic sectors is also crucial in contributing towards an increased international role of the euro;
urges Member States to take a more unified approach in international diplomacy and a more pro-active stance to promote the EU's interests, which could result in enhanced trade opportunities.