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.
stresses the importance of enhancing investment, infrastructure, innovation and skills;
urges the Commission to promote a new generation of AI systems that are knowledge-driven and reasoning-based, and that uphold human values and principles;
calls on the Commission to: (i) foster multidisciplinarity in research; (ii) involve relevant stakeholders in the debate around AI and (iii) keep educating and informing the broader public on the opportunities and challenges of AI;
urges the Commission to consider in more depth the impact of AI on the full spectrum of fundamental rights and freedoms;
continues to oppose the introduction of any form of legal personality for AI;
recommends that the Commission draw up a list of common characteristics of AI applications or uses that are considered intrinsically high risk, irrespective of the sector;
is of the opinion that the widespread use of AI-driven biometric recognition for surveillance or to track, assess or categorise humans or human behaviour or emotions, should be prohibited;
advocates early and close involvement of the social partners when introducing AI systems at workplaces and employees that will ultimately be working with the AI system;
calls on the Commission to assume a leadership role so as to ensure better coordination within Europe of applied AI solutions and approaches used to fight the coronavirus pandemic.