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.
EESC own-initiative opinion on Reconciling ambitious sustainable and social objectives with an enabling environment for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises make up 99.8% of Europe's companies. To perform well, even during a crisis, they need a regulatory framework that accommodates their particular needs.
The EESC calls for the Small Business Act, the "Think small first" principle and the SME Strategy to be properly deployed to help SMEs. Red tape, e.g. in relation to transparency and reporting, must be strictly limited because any constraint involves costs.
The Committee supports the Better Law-making approach and recommends systematic involvement of the social partners, professional associations and chambers at every legislative stage.
The EESC suggests that the coordination of SME envoys be increased at both national and EU level and calls on the European institutions to take a methodical look at alternatives to transparency and reporting requirements where they give rise to too heavy a burden.
National and regional social dialogue initiatives in microenterprises, the craft sector and the professions facilitate commitment to social issues, dialogue between business owners and employees, and conflict prevention, and they should be encouraged.
The EESC believes that the potential of branches of the professions and professional associations, as well as that of chambers, should be better used for promoting innovation in relation to social and environmental matters and governance.
The EESC would like access to lifelong learning to be guaranteed for entrepreneurs from the moment they take up their position or take over a business.