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 Commission's proposals on adapting the European regulatory framework to reflect changes made to international standards on preventing and combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
welcomes the clarifications that have been made with regard to the customer due diligence requirements of professionals regarding beneficial owners
approves of the inclusion of gambling service providers on the list of professionals subject to requirements
notes that the proposal contains a certain number of requirements that go beyond international standards, in particular by lowering the threshold above which traders in goods must implement the requirements (from EUR 15 000 to EUR 7 500).
calls on the Commission and the Member States to do more to help small entities comply with anti-money laundering requirements
applauds the Commission for attempting the delicate balancing act of reconciling the apparently conflicting interests of personal data protection and the fight against money laundering.
welcomes the proposal to harmonise the sanctions applicable in the financial sector at European level. It is essential that sanctions are dissuasive and commensurate with the sums of money being laundered.
has reservations regarding the purely "administrative" nature of the sanctions foreseen, in terms of their severity and in relation to Articles 6(1) and 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights.