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 European Union must step up its action within the G-20, the OECD and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) to eradicate opaque tax jurisdictions and to compel Member States to combat the crime originating in many of these jurisdictions.
The EESC calls on the Union's institutions to adopt measures to prevent abuse of the principle of "residence" by means of ownership arrangements and fictitious residency, whereby holding companies not actively engaged in business, or bogus companies, allow the owners to avoid paying taxes in their country of domicile.
The EESC hopes to see a strategy coordinated with the leading countries to step up the fight against tax evasion and to adopt an approach to regulating this area that is as global as possible. At the same time, however, the EESC emphasises that the difficulty of establishing an agreed international plan of action must under no circumstances slow down or delay action by the European Union.