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 Proposal for a directive and the linked Commission communication;
approves of common standards for registration and deregistration in the VAT Information Exchange System VIES, better control tools and, in time, the creation of EUROFISC;
feels that the VAT system is, however, still too complex and costly, and, most importantly, open to considerable tax evasion;
fully endorses the new rules that lay down a set of precautionary requirements, including the requirement for the importer to provide data identifying the end customer at the time of importation, as well as the new rules on joint and several liability of a buyer and a seller established in different countries when VAT obligations are not me;
points out an aspect which is never taken into consideration: administrations' liability towards taxpayers and each other in cases where errors or delays lead to financial or legal prejudice.