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.
considers it vital to take a common approach to customs risk management and security of the supply chain in order to ensure uniform, non-discriminatory application of EU customs legislation;
is extremely concerned that the orientation and application of the customs union is still uneven, which is preventing efficient and effective customs risk management;
recommends that common technical standards and rules be developed to ensure uniform implementation of high-quality risk management at all points along the EU's external borders;
stresses the need to ensure the full interoperability of the various databases that operate within the European market surveillance system in order to ensure real-time information-sharing between the various authorities at the different levels;
calls for an overhaul of the system of governance here, comprising all national and EU authorities, agencies and EU warning and information systems.