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.
See EESC opinion in all languages under Related documents at the end of this page.
Europe's economic recovery can only be achieved if SME policy is high on the agenda of European policy makers. The EESC therefore considers that:
Member States should also implement the action plan, develop guarantee funds and use Structural Funds for financial instruments.
The Basel III proposals must be properly implemented in Europe with the forthcoming CRD IV Directive.
The European venture capital market should be boosted.
The EESC supports the proposal to simplify and make more transparent the EU Debt Financial Instrument and EU Equity Financial Instrument under the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework Programme.