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.
recalls that media freedom and diversity are key for the rule of law and liberal democracy;
deplores worrying developments in the EU and welcomes the European Commission's initiatives for media freedom;
considers that mere recommendations and a soft-law approach are not enough and rather that free and independent media must be a binding criterion for the rule of law report and mechanism;
is concerned about whether the completion of the internal media market is a sufficient approach for protecting media freedom and pluralism;
welcomes the European Commission's acknowledgement that media market concentration leading to monopolies can be a massive threat to media freedom and plurality. However, market concentration can be meaningful, and does not have to have such negative effects;
welcomes proposals to strengthen and defend editorial independence and stresses the need for upholding journalist and publishers' independence;
underlines the need for adequate and stable financial resources to ensure that public media are impartial and entirely independent;
considers that binding requirements for transparency of media ownership are important but such requirements should not lead to an excessive administrative burden for small media outlets
is concerned about the lack of independence of some national regulatory bodies, and calls for a framework ensuring their independence;
welcomes the creation of a European board for media services, insists on its full independence and the one of national regulatory bodies participating in it;
calls on the European Commission to react in accordance with the existing provisions of EU anti-concentration law where national regulators fail to address media market concentration;
welcomes binding transparency requirements with regard to the allocation of State advertising;
welcomes annual monitoring, calls for relevant stakeholders and civil society to be consulted, and proposes widening the monitoring scope to other aspects of media freedom and plurality.