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.
calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union;
believes that, despite the considerable progress towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities;
considers resilience to crises as a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU, which also requires a positive vision as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty.
recommends prioritising the following aspects regarding the specific pillars of EMU:
a stable monetary and financial pillar as a basis for macroeconomic development through: consolidating ECB's stabilising role and safeguarding its independence; decisive steps to complete the Banking and Capital Markets Unions; strengthening the international role of the euro on the basis of a stable, economically strong and socially balanced EMU;
a strong economic pillar as a basis for prosperity and social progress through: promoting growth, productivity and competitiveness; balancing supply- and demand-side measures, which currently entails boosting the demand side; creating a euro area fiscal capacity funded from a common debt instrument; measures to stem unfair tax competition and to prevent tax evasion and avoidance;
expanding the social pillar as a basis for societal progress through: minimum social standards in the Member States; finding a fair balance between sound economic basis and strong social dimension; broadening the debate concerning an EU finance minister to an equivalent position for social and labour affairs;
a political pillar as a basis for democracy, solidarity and unity through: enhancing the involvement of the European Parliament, the social partners and other civil society organisations in key social and economic policy decisions; solidarity and unity as a basis for prosperity and peace within the EU and in a global context; rapid accession to the euro area by those EU countries that have not yet joined it.