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.
Stepping stones to a level playing field in Europe
The rise of the platform economy has created many opportunities but also challenges disrupting the economy, businesses, societies and our daily lives in a way not seen since the industrial revolution. These trends have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current EU rules on digital services have remained largely unchanged since the e-Commerce Directive of 2000, while recent developments such as the spread of illegal and harmful products (e.g. counterfeit goods) and content (e.g. hate speech, disinformation and misinformation) have come to dominate the debate over online platform regulation in the EU.
The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) are the EU answer to updating rules for digital services. Both legislative proposals aim at fostering Europe's key political objective of digital sovereignty through unleashing the potential of our Digital Single Market and ensuring safe, fair, open and accountable digital services according to the European values.