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.
The EESC agrees that a number of the matters raised in the Communication on Digital contract rights need to be regulated but considers that other factors, which it identifies in this opinion on digital content and online sales of goods, are far more important than contractual rights in contracts for the online sale of tangible goods.
In principle, consistent with its previous positions, the EESC is in favour of a regulation instead of a directive and disagrees with the legal basis chosen by the Commission. The Committee proposes Article 169 TFEU instead; consequently, it proposes that the measures adopted should be based on minimum harmonisation.
However, in the case of the Proposal for the supply of digital content, for pragmatic reasons, it accepts the Commission's suggestion of targeted full harmonisation even though it believes that insufficient reasons are given for taking this.
Furthermore, the EESC is of the view that, because the Commission's proposal for the sale of online goods establishes two systems, an unacceptable difference is created in the treatment of online and offline sales of goods.