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.
expresses concern about the poor results achieved on e-procurement to date;
is concerned about the low level of Member State involvement, indicating continued resistance to adopting practices which are known to be beneficial to both public administration and economic operators;
notes that the public procurement market is segmented: it contains multiple solutions and platforms which in most cases are not designed to be interoperable;
calls for the solutions to be accessible to everyone, by overcoming language barriers and ensuring access for disabled people; and
reiterates its view that European legislation on public procurement should help SMEs.