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.
recommends promoting the use of the "most economically advantageous tender" as the selection criterion,
supports increasing the professionalism of all stakeholders and increasing the participation of social enterprises, with a view to combating fraud and corruption by stepping up the digital transformation of procurement,
welcomes the efforts to increase the access of SMEs and social economy enterprises to public procurement markets and points out that there are still many obstacles to their full participation,
recommends including specific social and environmental content in all national and EU training programmes,
considers that it would have been preferable for the Commission to adopt a directive rather than a recommendation in order to provide an effective, consistent framework for the professionalisation of public procurement.