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.
Social enterprise is a key element of the European social model. It is closely linked to the EU2020 strategy and makes a significant contribution to society. It is crucial, therefore, to support and promote it so that we can make the most of its growth potential and capacity to create social value.
The EESC supports the Commission's launch of a political framework and action plan to promote social enterprise in Europe and stresses the importance of its implementation at both EU and Member State level.
The EESC also calls for a stimulus to be given to improve access to capital and tailored finance instruments for such enterprises. Finally, the Commission should launch an EU-wide exercise comparing approaches to public financing which are particularly suitable for social enterprise.