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.
advocates that the amendments of the Directive must take into account core EU policy priorities related to the Green Deal, the EU and UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda, human and workers' rights and social cohesion. Thus, the revised parts of the Directive must provide clarity on minimum working conditions for seafarers, the conservation of waters and fish, and environmental protection as a whole;
underlines that Port State control (PSC) requires a qualitative and quantitative upgrade of personnel, since the new regulation, based on International Maritime Organization rules, is more demanding, and inspection skills must be improved technically and operationally. It is therefore essential to finance the upskilling and reskilling of PSC officers via up-to-date training courses. The EESC welcomes the fact that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has been made responsible for designing and offering training courses to the EU Member States' agencies to enable them to better fulfil such requirements;
emphasizes that Member States must ensure that there will be a common, unified and mutually approved methodology and certification process for digital monitoring and exchanges of information for all types of vessels. The EESC supports the use of electronic certificates.