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.
considers that dependency on care is one of life's risks, the impact of which is difficult for an individual to bear alone and which therefore calls for an intergenerational solidarity-based shared responsibility; the form which this responsibility takes must be decided mainly at national or regional level, taking account of different family and tax structures, employment situations, mobility, housing, population density, established traditions and attitudes;
finds that it is both right and necessary for the subject to be dealt with by the EU institutions; the exchange of experience, through the open method of coordination for example, has a particularly important role to play here, and in some cases legislative measures are also needed;
underlines that facing up to the needs resulting from the increase in life expectancy requires tackling difficult questions of intergenerational justice and solidarity; the ultimate objective must be to make it possible for old and very old people in Europe to live their lives safely and with dignity, even if they are dependent on care, while at the same time ensuring that this does not impose unbearable burdens on the younger generations;
calls on the European Council and the Commission, together with the Member States, to tackle the problems of an ageing population as a matter of urgency;
puts forward a number of recommendations in relation to "Financing and affordability", "Care and supply of services", "Care workers", "Care in the family", "Rules, standards and quality" and "Use of information and communication technologies".