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.
believes that society should not look upon entrepreneurship as a cure-all, but rather as an aid to achieving a return to growth;
is concerned however that the Multiannual Financial Framework approved by the European Council will undermine the implementation of the action plan, which will end up as little more than a financially unsustainable set of good intentions;
reiterates the need to give the various stakeholders on the ground the means to disseminate and promote best practices in entrepreneurship, irrespective of their origin (public or private) or area of activity;
calls for the Commission and Member States to implement the action plan in close cooperation with the various SME representative organisations;
agrees that policies promoting entrepreneurship have to be coordinated with education policies, at both national and European levels;
believes that the Commission should declare one of the two coming years to be the "European Year of Entrepreneurship", along the lines of other similar campaigns;
calls on the Commission to establish a fourth area for intervention to strengthen the mentoring, coaching and support activities provided for enterprises, especially the smallest businesses, through intermediary organisations;
lastly, calls on the European institutions to establish support systems for people who want to begin self-employed work during their retirement.