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 new pharmaceutical strategy demonstrates the intention to promote the competitiveness of the related industry in Europe but also to ensure the provision of safe, high-quality and bearable medicines and to ensure the financial sustainability of Member States' health systems;
stresses the challenge that common strategies represent for drug research and development, as well as for pricing;
considers it urgent to review the legal framework currently applicable to medicines, to adapt it and to attach stricter conditions regarding their affordability and availability;
stresses the essential role of an operating, fair and effective single market, which also encourages, and also rewards, real medical advances that have real added value for health care, while also working to strengthen competition, with a view to ensuring equitable and financially sustainable access to medicines.