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.
Marking the International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November, EESC member José Antonio Moreno Díaz, rapporteur for the opinion SOC/726 Combatting violence against women, believes that violence against women and girls is a tragedy that is sweeping Europe.
Violence against women and girls affects the human rights of half of the EU population whose physical integrity and dignity are seriously damaged. This is why the fight against gender-based violence must involve all EU institutions, local, national and regional authorities, to address this topic properly.
The proposed directive by the European Commission against gender based violence must include the offence of rape based on consent, as it is one of the most serious attacks on the physical and psychological integrity of women and girls. We call on all EU Member States to support the adoption of a strong EU directive on violence against women and girls. Freedom from violence against women and girls is a human right! said Moreno Díaz.