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.
welcomes the European Commission's holistic approach in treating all the aspects of the digital ecosystem and will be particularly vigilant with regard to taxation, data governance and working conditions;
acknowledges that safeguarding a fair, innovation-friendly business environment remains fundamental and believes that market investigation into non-compliance must be strengthened in terms of both the time lag and penalties;
believes that targeting the service rather than the operator is a good solution to the difficulties encountered when trying to supervise such diverse digital players and to addresses the issue of a level playing field;
recommends ensuring that all gatekeepers establish a legal representative in the European Union;
believes that action at EU level is of the utmost importance to prevent further fragmentation of the internal market;
considers that the definitions of "core services", "end users" and "business users" should be much more specific;
believes it should be clarified that the practices referred to in Articles 5 and 6 constitute black practices and Article 6 needs to be implemented specifically in the course of the regular dialogue between the Commission and gatekeepers.