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.
sees a need for the immediate amendment of Regulation 2012/2002 and supports the Commission's efforts even though the new proposal is rather conservative.
Finds that all appropriate measures should be taken to cut red tape in the functioning of the EUSF and to accelerate its procedures.
agrees with the proposed introduction of advance payments, a clearer definition of what constitute "major disasters" and "extraordinary regional disasters" and the measures to be taken regarding Member States that fail to focus adequately on disaster prevention.
considers the threshold values mentioned for a disaster regarding the extent of recorded damage to be particularly high, and these should be lowered.
Requests that greater budget resources should be allocated to the functioning of the EUSF, and the EUSF's operating conditions should be entirely transparent.
finds that disasters should be included that occur suddenly as a result of the greenhouse effect of climate change in general and also disasters caused by terrorist acts.
endorses the polluter pays principle.
believes that the 9-12 month period for paying aid is excessively long and fails to meet the aim of providing urgent and immediate help.
considers that rules should be drawn up on how to publicise and promote the Fund in order to familiarise the public with its work.