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.
future simplification exercises with regard to public documents should target important public documents such as those relating to intra-EU mobility of workers or vulnerable persons such as persons with disabilities in so far that such public documents are not accounted for by other EU Directives;
a citizen or a business should have the maximum degree of certainty with regard to the extent that public documents presented are exempted from all forms of legalisation or similar formality;
in case of an official request with regard to reasonable doubt, the relevant authorities of the Member State where the document were issued, should explicitly inform the person or business on the reasons of why such a request is being made;
a balanced system of accountability achieved through the carrying out of annual benchmarking by the EC directed to assess the extent to which MS are effectively implementing the proposal;
the maximum period for a response under the administrative cooperation mechanism should be reduced to two weeks. This will send a strong message that the EU is truly making EU citizenship effective and that it is placing citizens at the heart of EU policies;
the exchange and transmission of information and documents by MS pursuant to the proposal should reflect the EU’s principles with regard to data protection.