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.
appreciates the agility with which the European Commission is responding to the money laundering problems;
thinks that, in addition to strengthening the coordination between supervisory authorities and streamlining procedures, operations should also be coordinated with other relevant parties;
underlines the increasing importance of this problem in relation to third countries;
finds that it is preferable to move in stages so as to avoid significant disruptions to the stability and functioning of the existing system;
stresses the importance of internal and external communication on money laundering and financing of terrorism:
internal communications: improving and protecting information streams between the supervisory bodies concerned;
external communication: the public in question should be provided with information and made aware of the different ways this kind of crime may be presented, as a means of preventing and preparing for it;
would like to see a more detailed outline of the new relationships between the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the other EU supervisory authorities, as well as the national and, especially, third-country supervisory authorities.