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 objective of the Commission proposing that the legal protection of know-how and trade secrets be harmonised, since they are key elements in promoting businesses' capacity for innovation in general and their competitiveness, especially that of SMEs.
welcomes the balanced approach of the proposed directive in that it seeks to guarantee legal certainty and enhance the value of innovations covered by the trade secrets by means of greater legislative convergence compatible with international law.