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.
society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity;
a thorough assessment to be carried out of services or product types in order to identify the advantages and if necessary establish the conditions under which the functional economy should be rolled out to people's benefit;
stepping up the pace of research and achievements in new methods of production and consumption connected to the functional economy, such as product eco-design, the circular economy, the collaborative economy and the economy for the common good;
an EU legislative package to provide a structure for services delivered through the functional economy, particularly in terms of collaborative consumption, obsolescence, consumer understanding of these models, and a legal and pro-innovation tax;
the harnessing of regional assets, shifting away from the standardisation inherent in mass production – which is partly responsible for the disillusion with current consumption – and allowing for all production externalities;
a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments. An exchange platform making functional economy initiatives more visible across the EU would be also useful.