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.
“I am firmly convinced that our societies need to take a major step forward towards better promotion of financial education initiatives. We need to pass on knowledge and skills to the people of Europe in order to empower them to take the right decisions when managing their personal finances.
Unfortunately, studies on financial literacy show that even basic financial concepts such as interest rates, inflation and risk diversification are not clearly understood by many people. This lack of knowledge makes people vulnerable, and can ultimately lead to problems of over-indebtedness and financial exclusion.
A more robust, safe and transparent financial system requires there to be informed and responsible consumers who are actively involved in improving their financial awareness. For this reason, a dedicated dialogue needs to be encouraged between governments, the financial industry and civil society on regulation, self-regulation, financial education and access to transparent financial products and services.”
Joost van Iersel
President of the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion, EESC