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.
reasserts the key role played by CSOs in democracy, and regrets that EU support does not match the centrality of their role and responsibilities;
supports setting up a financial instrument specifically dedicated to CSOs working on human rights and democracy within the EU, equivalent to the EIDHR available for extra-EU activities;
supports the establishment of a platform similar to "Protect Defenders" for human rights defenders working in EU Member States, and encourages the European Commission to set up an alert and monitoring to deal with CSOs' challenges and threats;
proposes updating the European Commission Rule of Law Report methodology to highlight the role of CSOs in safeguarding the rule of law, and the responsibility of Member States to address obstacles in that regard. The EESC encourages the EC to integrate the findings of its Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law (FRRL) Group country visits reports in its methodology;
underlines the need to consider appropriate ways to address the precarity of work in the CSO sector active in the area of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights, drawing attention to job security, the well-being of CSO workers and the associated financial stability of their organisations;
welcomes the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values program (CERV), and calls for:
the increase of its funding capacity and flexibility;
a switch from project-based to operational funding;
lower co-funding requirements;
addressing disproportionate administrative burden around fundraising.