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.
Current: Analysis of transparency, methodology and resources of Impact assessments and evaluations the European Commission is launching to improve the quality of European Legislation (own-initiative opinion)
Analysis of transparency, methodology and resources of Impact assessments and evaluations the European Commission is launching to improve the quality of European Legislation (own-initiative opinion)
considers that the impact assessments for any legislative proposals must be included and take due account of the importance of the economic, social and environmental dimensions, including for SMEs;
calls on the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission to agree on a common methodology for studies and impact assessments which could also serve as guide for the Committee;
reiterates its concern about the findings on the shortcomings of social and environmental impact assessments and the follow-up to consultations and calls on the Commission to be more transparent and to give fully documented reasons why a particular measure or proposal is or is not to be submitted for impact assessment and/or an ex-post analysis