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.
welcomes the fact that the package of regulations on the future multiannual financial framework includes the InvestEU proposal to strengthen investment activity in the EU, including long-term investment projects that are of high public interest, while also respecting the sustainable development criteria;
appreciates the European Commission's efforts to create an umbrella financial instrument that will result in unified management, enhanced transparency and potential for synergies;
stresses the need to carry out a thorough market test of projects with a view to ensuring the adequacy of specific projects that lend themselves to the use of financial instruments;
appreciates the fact that, in addition to promoting sustainable infrastructure, SMEs and innovation, the InvestEU programme also focuses on social investment and skills;
points out that there should be no underestimation or neglect of social investment, which must be as important as investment aimed primarily at development and entrepreneurship, welcomes the possibility of a specific, user-friendly manual aimed at identifying the appropriate project typology, finding examples of their synergy with the other chapters of the multiannual financial framework and ensuring adequate implementation in Member States;
appreciates the expected positive impact of the InvestEU programme on the development of financial markets in the Member States;
stresses the considerable need for an appropriate structure for the implementing partners, especially at national level.