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.
The Workers' Group welcomes the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the Social Summit in Gothenburg, demonstrating a clear political commitment by the Member States to advancing social rights in Europe. Work to make this a reality must start now!
The proclamation is merely a first step towards renovating the 'House of Social Europe', which has been badly neglected in recent times. It must now be renovated to build a better Europe for working people. The EESC Workers' Group calls on the European Commission to:
present a clear road map for the implementation of the Pillar to help foster convergence and achieve its objectives – this should also set out how it will involve organised civil society and the social partners in the implementation of the Pillar's objectives;
launch a structured discussion on how to achieve better convergence, for example of wages in the EU and the adoption of a common approach to minimum wage policy, with full respect for the autonomy of social partners. The EU should adopt a target of minimum wages of no less than 60% of national median or average wage and move towards a living wage;
begin systematically changing the design of the EU semester into an economic and social semester, including collecting data and giving recommendations on the coverage of collective bargaining throughout Europe, and strengthening social dialogue;
present a framework directive on minimum income to make sure that every citizen has social protection.