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 Committee welcomes the proposal of the European Commission, whose purpose is to address the fragmented interoperability between customs and partner competent authorities in handling customs clearance procedures for goods.
However, the Committee believes that the European Single Window, along with the national windows, should not just be a digital gateway for data collection and information exchange processes.
The Committee also suggests that the Commission pay particular attention to cybersecurity in relation to customs windows and systems.
It acknowledges that the current system is very complicated and that realising the proposed measure will require coordination, both within and between Member States.
Finally, the EESC deems it crucially important to prepare and train the staff who will be involved in operating the IT systems, the national single window environments and the European single customs window.