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 welcomes the Commission's initiative, and is also pleased to note that the Commission has taken on board several points from its exploratory opinion on social entrepreneurship.
The EESC considers that social enterprises should be supported by virtue of the key role that they can play as drivers of social innovation, both because they introduce new methods for providing services and measures aimed at improving people's quality of life, and because they promote the creation of new products to satisfy society's new needs.
The EESC welcomes the Commission's objectives in relation to improving access to finance and the regulatory framework. A favourable economic and regulatory environment is essential for the promotion of social enterprises.
The EESC welcomes the invitation concerning initiatives to encourage and promote measures to make public procurement more accessible to social enterprises.
The EESC calls on Member States to develop national frameworks for the growth and development of social enterprises.