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.
supports the Commission's proposal to expand the scope of controls and the competency of the authorities in order to conduct checks and confiscate goods, whenever there is a reasonable indication of illicit activities, will facilitate the discovery of more fraudulent cases and gather more information.
believes that it is necessary to improve cooperation, both between the competent authorities and between Member States, in order to achieve the maximum effect in applying the new regulation.
proposes that, following a study and extensive consultations, the Commission should put together a plan for reducing the use of cash in the EU and the adequacy of the EUR 10 000 threshold should be reconsidered.
believes that the Commission should go further in setting out the penalties for failure to comply with the obligation to declare.
reiterates its concern that tax havens in which the most significant money laundering takes place – and whose cash flows with the EU should in particular be monitored – are not featured in the list of the Commission of high risk third countries.
suggests that tax authorities should also have access to information collected in the course of cash flow controls in order to investigate links of such activities with tax offences.
recommends that in addition to gold, other highly liquid commodities should be included in the definition of cash from the moment the new regulation is adopted.
proposes that more attention should be paid to the threat of further use of pre-paid cards by criminals and terrorists of such instruments to covertly finance their activities.
suggests that data protection should be strengthened due to the increase in the amount of data being collected and exchanged between authorities.