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 Committee supports the Commission initiative, which is necessary in order to protect the sources of law in the European Union as well as making for simpler and more efficient procedures.
Nevertheless, the EESC believes that the collective alignment of 165 legal instruments (regulations, directives and decisions) from 12 different areas does in fact raise a number of legal and practical issues. For example:
some aspects of the delegation procedure are still far from clear (the concept of "non-essential elements" has yet to be defined). A precise evaluation of how the mechanism actually works in practice also needs to be carried out, and
some proposals for regulations contain options which misinterpret the framework established by the basic legislative acts, going so far as to allow for delegation to be exercised for a period of unspecified length or setting very short deadlines for scrutiny by the Parliament and the Council.
The Committee therefore advises:
the Commission to tailor this collective alignment more closely to the individual contents of some of the basic legislative acts, and
the Council and the Parliament to exercise maximum vigilance and to conduct a detailed evaluation of all the acts included in this alignment.