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.
In the face of Europe's present demographic situation, the European Economic and Social Committee advocates:
detailed study of demographic developments and their causes,
the setting up of a European register on best practice in family policy, family-work balancing, gender equality and policies focusing on mothers and fathers who assume their full share of family responsibilities,
the presentation of a pluriannual action plan proposing measures which have proved their practical worth in the Member States as a basis for family oriented and family-work balance policies,
and use of the open method of coordination as a means of benchmarking family policies.
The European Council, the European Parliament and the Commission should also – with due regard to the subsidiarity principle – adopt strong measures to encourage the Member States to sign a European Pact for the Family, which could include the following commitments:
an affirmation of Member States' desire to pursue policies that meet people's expectations regarding how many children they would like to have per couple in the EU,
a plan to establish a fixed threshold for public funding for family- and child-related policies,
a guarantee to promote an environment which is favourable to families, putting into practice the reconciliation of family life and work, and ongoing and sustainable measures to support children and families.