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 Commission proposal, which is fully in line with the EESC's recommendations in its earlier opinion on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, and sees considerable added value in the proposal with respect to improvements, security, safety and efficiency.
The EESC underscores that the deployment of ITS must be undertaken in a broad societal context, considering elements well beyond mere technical aspects, and that failure to do so may have adverse effects, in both sustainability and resource efficiency aspects. In this context, the EESC underlines the importance of devoting sufficient attention and resources to the needs of rural areas, including public service aspects and alternative means of mobility such as walking and cycling.
The EESC sees the proposal as a significant step towards a Common European Mobility Data Space, meaning added value through improved efficiency, as well as creating prerequisites for improved working conditions in the transport sector, for instance facilitating compliance with legislation on working and rest times, as well as finding and accessing rest areas.