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.
This study on behalf of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee explores the possibility of establishing three policy instruments to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and rebalance the economic and social dimensions of the E(M)U. First, Member States should put their money where their mouth is and live up to the expectations raised by the EPSR, by (a) “socialising” the EU budget during the negotiations on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, and (b) creating a (social) budget for the Eurozone. Second, the report argues in favour of the set-up of an automatic macro-economic stabilization instrument for the EMU in the form of an equivalent European Unemployment Benefit Scheme. Thirdly, it proposes to launch a “Social Imbalances Procedure” (SImP) that would entail (a) identifying national social imbalances (“critical situations”) through a revisited Social Scoreboard; (b) the elaboration of Multi-annual National Action Plans, providing technical and/or financial support for implementing social investment, e.g. through the new Reform Support Programme; (c) a strictly conditional increase in the EU contribution in the ESF+ or the triggering of a “silver rule” for national social investment spending; and finally (d) monitoring of implementation through the European Semester Country Reports.
Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights into the roadmap for deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union – Study
On Tuesday, January 26th, from 8.30 to 10.00 a.m., the Workers' Group will be organising a Webinar on the Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Social Summit throughout our social media platforms.
It is time to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) into action, and Europe needs a new social contract for the future. This is the key message of the webinar on the Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Social Summit. The event was organised by the Workers' Group at the European Economic and Social Committee.
Today the European Commission has published the Action Plan on how to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.'The EESC Workers' Group welcomes the proposal and hopes very much that it will deliver social progress. The Action Plan for the EPSR must have concrete and ambitious short, medium, and long terms measures and legislative initiatives, as well as a sufficient budget', said Oliver Röpke, President of the EESC Workers' Group.