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 provisions for market transparency which it expects to be very beneficial. It believes that, in general, outcomes will be optimum if markets are allowed to operate freely within an established regulatory framework.
Accordingly, the EESC proposes:
- ESMA be given a coordinating role at the same time hoping that direct ESMA intervention will be exceptional. CDS related to sovereign debt have been the focus of eurozone angst as the sovereign debt crisis has erupted. The economic and social dimensions of this crisis are of enormous concern to the EESC.