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 European Union is facing a new phase in immigration and integration policies.
The EESC instructed the IMI study group to draw up this information report in order to facilitate the Forum's debates and contribute to the drawing-up of the new European integration agenda.
The implementation of a coordination system should form part of the integration agenda.
Integration is a social process of mutual adaptation in the complex social relationships between individuals and groups of people. These social processes should be backed up by good governance at different levels.
The common basic principles serve as a guide for the European integration strategy. The first common basic principle states that integration is a dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation between immigrants and the host society. The Committee endorses this approach.
The Committee considers that in the next few years, the European integration agenda should step up activities coming under principles 7 and 9, namely by encouraging more frequent interaction between immigrants and the general public in Member States, and making it easier for people of immigrant origin to participate in society.