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 proposal since it strikes a balance between the need to develop technologies with a low environmental impact (Euro 5 type-approval step) and the actual ability of some companies to introduce these within the stipulated timeframe (technical feasibility);
believes that the legislation will have a beneficial effect on the costs to companies and, consequently, on those borne by consumers;
is in favour of renewing the Commission's power to adopt delegated acts for a further period of five years;
sees this as a crucial condition for a timely adjustment of the legislation in force to keep pace with constant technological and market developments affecting the sector;
recommends that the Commission instigate an additional study as soon as possible on the energy consumption of category L1e-A and L1e-B vehicles so the industry has a clear legal framework;
endorses the Commission's proposal to postpone the application of the Euro 5 emissions limits for light quadricycles (L6e-B), three-wheel mopeds (L2eU), trial motorcycles (L3e-AxT) and enduro motorcycles (L3e-AxE);
recommends extending this derogation to 2024, as initially envisaged by the impact assessment.