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 with the Latvian Presidency, recognizing the fundamental importance of the EU 2020 Strategy review to boosting European competitiveness. The Europe 2020 and the Investment Plan should be much more closely linked in the way that it could remedy the main shortcomings of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Structural Funds should focus more on the implementation of environmental programs or those with a human aspect, which would also promote the sustainable development of factors "beyond GDP".
The EESC agrees with the Latvian Presidency, recognising the fundamental importance of the EU 2020 Strategy review to boosting European competitiveness. The Committee supports the direct link made between improved European competitiveness and the "Digital Agenda for Europe" flagship initiative.
The EESC is in favour of improving the Digital Single Market Package and considers that securing the European Union's digital future is one of the main pillars supporting the competitiveness of the European economy and determining the sustainable development of an environment-friendly European society.
The Investment Plan should be much more closely linked with the growth and jobs strategy; in the way that it could remedy the main shortcomings of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the new financial instruments increase the chance of implementing its objectives.
Due to changing priorities and in order to ensure successful implementation of the EU 2020 Strategy, it would useful to have a "one-stop shop" able to ensure effective coordination and rationalisation of tasks and procedures related to policy implementation, and this includes EU agencies.
The Europe 2020 strategy (and then Europe 2030) should be the central concept underpinning the EU’s economic, social and territorial strategies in the long term, taking into account the range of differing situations in the Member States.