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.
supports the Commission's objective of placing smart regulation high on its agenda for action as it has a major impact on companies;
reminds all the Commission departments that the SME test is an integral part of impact analyses and the drawing up of legislative texts, and welcomes the REFIT programme which will identify burdens and ineffective measures for SMEs. It also supports the creation, in the long term, of a single independent assessment board operating across all EU institutions;
agrees that micro-enterprises should not be given blanket exemptions but rather that a case by case approach, on legislative proposals, should be taken following a thorough impact assessment exercise;
asks for a new programme for reducing the unnecessary burden of regulation. It therefore strongly advocates a new mandate for the Stoiber Group until 2020;
lastly, asks the Council and the Parliament to limit the administrative burden on businesses when tackling EU legislation policy-making and proposes that Member States exchange best practices in the area of smart regulation in order to avoid gold plating.