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.
Considers that response time is an essential element in crisis management. This requires the appointment, via the UCPM team with the collaboration of national agencies, of one single authority which will have the command for the management of each crisis and will make decisions on the effective allocation and deployment of available forces.
Considers that expanding pre-positioning to fields other than firefighting, at all stages of civil protection (prevention, preparedness and response), should be considered as a catalyst that will enhance the operational capacity of the mechanism.
Considers that a legal framework should be adopted for the participation of volunteers (individuals or organisations) in the assistance offered in severe crises. Compensation and insurance schemes should be introduced for people who might experience accidents, private property losses, health risks or other hazards.