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.
concludes from the evaluation of Directive 2017/541 that its relevance and usefulness are widely recognised by the civil society organisations and public authorities that were consulted, and calls on the Commission to pursue its strategy and develop it further
calls on the Commission to anticipate – to the extent possible – new movements that could use terrorist methods and new techniques that may be used to commit terrorist acts.
supports the aim of devoting the time and resources necessary to ensure high-quality training for frontline workers and volunteers in the fields of prevention, intervention in places where acts of terrorism have been committed, assistance to victims and monitoring individuals who have been involved in terrorist movements, by including practical exercises in these training courses and by promoting their role.
notes that while victims' associations are developing collaborative European networks, the fate of foreign victims is a real concern, given the significant differences between arrangements for providing assistance and judicial procedures in the EU, especially in terms of victims having access to the necessary information in their own language.
draws attention to the need to ensure that special recognition is given to victims of terrorism, to act quickly to meet their immediate needs for information and essential resources, to provide adequate assistance with psychological trauma and any disability victims may have suffered and to provide for judicial and administrative procedures that take their specific situation into account.
suggests that the Commission and the Member States hold regular formal meetings with organisations, businesses and associations involved in the fight against terrorism, the to help them understand their role in the fight against terrorism and to build consensus on the overall strategy.