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.
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• agrees with the Commission's analysis of the sector and with the Commission's considerations as set out in its communication;
• welcomes the legislative option finally taken by the Commission (the draft block exemption regulation and supplementary guidelines indicated above);
• considers, however, that a two-year transitional period should be introduced for dealers, the overwhelming majority of whom are SMEs, as they need a reasonable period of time to recoup the investment made, to adjust better to technological developments on the market and to contribute to improved road safety;
• considers that the Supplementary guidelines should not place any limits on single branding agreements. This would be more in keeping with the new Block Exemption Regulation;
• considers that agreements concerning commercial vehicles could be governed by the General Regulation on categories of vertical agreements with regard to the aftermarket.