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 EESC strongly endorses the Commission's initiative to extend the duration and increase the financing of the EFSI, welcomes the positive results of the first year and considers the SME investment window a success.
recommend that EFSI 2.0 should aim for ever greater involvement of private capital;
stresses the importance of keeping a market-driven emphasis, reinforcing the additionality of the EFSI;
calls for a more balanced geographically coverage across the EU;
recommends the reinforcement of the social dimension of EFSI deployment;
is in favour of using the EFSI to nurture the development of a shared industrial and dual technology base in the European defence sector;
recommends bolstering the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH);