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 welcomes the proposal for recasting the Energy Efficiency Directive, as it addresses an area of action that is key to achieving full decarbonisation of the EU economy and society, while also setting out the leading role of the public sector, including local and regional authorities.
The Committee appreciates the greater emphasis on informing and empowering consumers, for example in the area of contract requirements or the use of clear and comprehensible language. It stresses the important role of civil society in information campaigns on the benefits of energy efficiency.
The EESC also supports the incentives and tools for implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive to help vulnerable customers and households. At the same time, it points out that ambitious targets for district heating/cooling may worsen the conditions of social housing. The Committee therefore welcomes the proposal to create the Social Climate Fund, and calls for compliance with the "just transition" principle, to take into account the different situations of Member States.