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 EESC supports the more decentralised, cross-border approach of the Internal Market Information System (IMI).
Civil society organisations can play an active, significant role by helping to raise awareness about the system and how it works.
IMI is intended to support legislative acts in the field of the Internal Market that require the exchange of information between Member States' administrations. At first, the system will concern the Services and Professional Qualifications Directives, but its scope will be extended to other sectors.