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 and supports the European Commission's initiative to anticipate the review of the Regulations on European venture capital funds (EuVECA) and European social entrepreneurship funds (EuSEF).
The EESC believes that such an regulation can reduce the danger of different interpretations at national level, thus promoting the establishment of a capital markets union.
The EESC points out that at EU level there are now a large number of financing sources and therefore the Committee expects closer coordination with the existing sources regarding the new direction of EuVECA and EuSEF. It should be ensured that the hitherto very restrictive access criteria, as well as other restrictive conditions, are significantly relaxed by the Commission.
In order to expand participation in such investment funds, the EESC proposes to increase the involvement of non-institutional investors.
Finally, the EESC considers it equally important to create an environment in which the financing objectives of social investment funds, such as Social Enterprises (SE) and Social Sector Organisations (SSO), can develop.