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.
The European Year 2012 was, to a certain extent, a framework for raising awareness of the contribution that older people make to society and mobilising stakeholders and policymakers at all levels to promote active ageing and solidarity between generations.
To coordinate its activities during the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, the EESC established a Coordination Group of fifteen members, chaired by Renate Heinisch (Group III) and Xavier Verboven (Group II). The co-presidents and members of this Group represented the EESC in over 35 events related to the European Year.
European year of active ageing and solidarity between generations 2012 - Conclusions of the EESC Coordination Group
In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.
The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives.