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 main policy objective is to reduce the level of IPR infringements outside the EU – which detrimentally affect EU right holders – while better tailoring our action so as to also take account of specific challenges and needs of for example developing countries. This would help improve both market access for EU right holders, and benefits for third countries (leveraging of their own intellectual assets, etc.).
A secondary objective is to re-state with enhanced clarity the IPR strategy of the Commission towards third countries, justify its rationale, and better communicate it to all stakeholders, such as EU institutions (including the European Parliament), industry and other right holders, authorities of third countries, and NGOs.
Ensuring coherence between the revised IPR strategy and other EU policies (e.g. development policy) is also an objective.