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 EESC recommends that European institutions and EU Member States:
Tackle domestic gender-based violence as an aspect of human rights, which would enable a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to the problem;
Strengthen the conviction that violence against women in the domestic environment is a matter of public order and safety;
Revise a domestic violence prevention policy by creating places where women can go for multidisciplinary support and adopting inter-ministerial action plans engaging men and youths in the elimination of domestic violence;
Guarantee women who have been victims of violence priority access to housing, economic support, training and decent jobs, where the principle of "equal pay for equal work" applies;
Pursue efforts to standardise the criteria for registering gender-based violence, so that the data collected are comparable;
Ensure that education helps to change people's mentalities, providing proper training to teachers;
Reinforce the belief that domestic violence against women is a health-risk variable;
Consolidate and support measures promoting joint responsibility for men and women in looking after dependent family members;
Provide support for organisations which work with women who have been victims of domestic violence;
Dedicate a European year to the fight against gender-based violence;
Sign, ratify and implement the "Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence", adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011.