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.
highlights the importance of young people's fruitful participation in the labourmarket and stresses that their first participation should be a positive one and measures that treat them less favourably solely on the basis of their age are counterproductive;
Recommends that the European Commission, Member States and the social partners consider the issue of ''youth minimum wages'' in line with the equal treatment principle and applicable legal and policy frameworks;
calls on Member States to respect the principle of non-discrimination toeliminate differential rules for young people regarding unemployment benefits and assistance payments as they have the potential to shape young peoples' labour market situation and impact on their ability to exercise their rights to free movement in the EU;
considers that while traineeships facilitate access to employment, they should offer good quality learning content and adequate working conditions and should not be a substitute for regular jobs or a precondition for a job placement;
recommends that the other EU institutions and bodies take a greater interest in the matter of unpaid or not compensated internships as a tangible symbol of their commitment to young people following the 2022 European Year of Youth;
recalls the role of the European Commission to review whether the quality framework for traineeships (QFT) is being properly implemented;
Supports mainstreaming of a European Youth Test assessing the impact on young people of all new policy.