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 upon the European Commission to ensure a comprehensive approach with coordinated EU policies to provide regulatory certainty for investments in exploration, extraction, processing, refining and recycling of raw materials (RM), their by-products and essential minerals;
calls for the coordination of RM policy with EU social policies and for the support of EU-wide capacity building in terms of skills for extractive industries, targeting the re-skilling and up-skilling of the existing workforce, as well as the development of governance capacity in EU Member States' public administrations;
recommends including other materials crucial for green tech/cleantech sectors in the critical and strategic raw materials lists;
calls upon the current and new European Commission to ensure access to competitive energy prices and targeted financing for EU extractive industries and recycling, while also ensuring that permitting and licensing procedures for new RM projects are simplified and shortened;
recommends prioritizing critical and strategic raw materials in recycling and waste legislation and supporting the secondary raw materials markets, especially for materials crucial for the green transition;
recommends supporting CRM exploration and extraction projects on EU soil with public funding, by means of coordination with State aid rules;
suggests exploring avenues for specific partnerships and cooperation agreements with candidate countries as well, and
recommendsstriking the right (environmental) balance in assessing the consistency with other EU policies.