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 considers it necessary to transpose into EU law the conservation and enforcement measures adopted by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO), with the aim of achieving their effective, uniform implementation within the EU.
However, bearing in mind the fact that NAFO amends its conservation and enforcement measures every year, the Committee is of the view that the proposal presented does not provide an efficient mechanism for transposing measures adopted by NAFO or for updating them each year.
The Committee is in favour of a more efficient, simpler mechanism and therefore proposes drafting a regulation containing a single article establishing that the European Union must necessarily apply NAFO measures to its fleet.