Being a social partner, CEEP is consulted by the European Commission on each draft Directive Proposals on social matters. Apart from social issues, CEEP produces opinions on Commission proposals and initiatives concerning other Community policies. On a number of occasions these opinions have had an important influence on community rules concerning competition, mergers, State aid, industrial policy, trans-European networks, tax issues, standard and public contracts, the environment, monetary and financial techniques, action in Eastern Europe, regional developments, etc..
Political positions and opinions are prepared in permanent committees, which are specialized per subject and formed by experts sent by the member enterprises.
This activity, combined with the position of Social Partner, covers almost all the aspects of the economy.
As Social Partner, CEEP participates institutionally in the European Social Dialogue and plays a decisive role in the negotiation and conclusion of conventions or framework agreements with the other social partners according to the Treaty on the EU.
CEEP also participates in the Macroeconomic Dialogue, a dialogue between representatives of the Ecofin and Social Affairs Councils, the European Central Bank, the Social Partners and the European Commission, which was set up in to the Cologne summit of June 1999 to favour a sustainable and non-inflationary growth promoting employment.
Through its General Secretariat, CEEP helps enterprises by providing them with access and contacts in different Directorates General of the European Commission and other Community institutions. The CEEP Club within the General Secretariat enables permanent representatives based in Brussels from CEEP member enterprises to meet regularly and exchange information and co-ordinate lobbying activities.
Through its newsletter, the "Information Bulletin", CEEP provides its members with information regarding different aspects of Community activities and policies. Moreover, important Community documents are available in CEEP secretariat.
CEEP organizes yearly seminars and conferences on subjects of current interest for its members.
CEEP also carries out projects and research, often supported by the European Social Fund. CEEP is currently working on a study on article 16 of the new Treaty of Amsterdam, which concerns services of general economic interest. Another project under way is on 'Territorial Excellence', known as Eurexcter, which aims to encourage co-operation between all the parties involved in the local economic life (public authorities, social partners, etc.). A project which has just been concluded is on "joint representation in industrial relations".