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.
welcomes the objective accelerating the pace of decarbonisation in the sector and to boost its structural transformation. The EU should seize the opportunity to become a leader in the clean-transport industry;
acknowledges the importance of a regulatory stimulus to foster the deployment of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). However, the EESC believes that a focus must also be given to the demand side and to the key enabling conditions that make operating ZEVs a viable option for logistic operators;
reaffirms its support for the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). Public authorities must ensure alternative fuels and charging stations are available where needed;
calls for a close monitoring of developments, including an in-depth assessment of the supply chain;
thinks that the proposed regulation based on the "tailpipe" approach needs to be complemented by other policy instruments to incentivise the use of renewable, non-fossil fuels for the part of the fleet running on internal combustion engine (ICE). The Fit for 55 package must ensure a life-cycle approach and avoid road transport decarbonisation leading to a shift of emissions upstream in the value chain;
stresses the need for a policy framework that drives decarbonisation in a way that is fair for workers;
calls for a CO2 emission reduction trajectory, in line with the industrial sector's capacity to transform and compatible with transport operators in terms of costs and operational efficiency; stresses the need to provide capacity-building and to support hauliers and operators – especially SMEs – to comply with the reporting obligations implemented by the regulation.