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 euro area needs to step up its external representation. This will strengthen its relative weight in international financial institutions and give it a more prominent position in international financial markets.
The EESC endorses the rationale behind the two Commission documents and also agrees with making strengthening the euro area's external representation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the priority.
At the same time, however, the EESC proposes that the European Commission also draft scenarios for making stronger and more effective the links with other relevant international bodies, taking particular account of their remits.
The EESC broadly agrees with the ultimate goal of a single chair at the IMF by 2025. On this point the EESC also recommends clearly and explicitly defining the roles of euro area external representation and their dovetailing with those of the EU as a whole, with a view to preserving the integrity of the single market.
The EESC agrees with the main elements of the three-phase scenario to gain a single chair at the IMF. However, the corresponding political pressure must be marshalled to secure the timely fulfilment of obligations and commitments stemming from this for the Member States.
The EESC anticipates that the proposed procedure will result in better and deeper coordination between Member States in the area of economic policy and its external dimensions and expects a corresponding coordination on this between the relevant EU institutions and bodies, also ensuring the utmost transparency.
The EESC recommends including an economic analysis and a brief statement on the expected benefits and impact following its implementation