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.
calls on the Commission to swiftly continue the revision of the EU economic governance framework and reiterates its position on the need for reforms;
calls on the Commission to put forward guidelines for a transition period, during which time the excessive deficit procedure should not be triggered, and with the possibility to use the "unusual event clause" on a country-specific basis;
considers that any future fiscal framework needs to a) strengthen public investments, b) allow for more cyclical leeway and c) permit greater flexibility and country-specific differentiation as far as debt adjustment paths are concerned, while at the same time guaranteeing fiscal sustainability;
Points out that a revision of the EU fiscal framework is not only necessary for the purpose of short- to medium- term stabilisation of the economy, but also vital to finance the socio-ecological transformation of our economy, guaranteeing full employment, high-quality jobs and just transitions;
calls for the introduction of a golden rule for public investments in combination with an expenditure rule;
welcomes the proposal made by the European Fiscal Board (EFB) regarding the country-specific differentiation of fiscal adjustment paths;
points out that both national parliaments and the European Parliament need to be given a prominent role in the future EU economic governance framework;
calls for a greater involvement of civil society in the European Semester at both national and EU level;
considers that the partnership principle should serve as a blueprint for an effective mechanism of civil society involvement.