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 in principle as a balanced compromise between climate, innovation and employment goals, viewing the market development towards zero-emission vehicles and low-emissions vehicles and hybrids as an opportunity;
considers the planned interim target for 2025 of a 15 % reduction in emissions compared to 2021 to be very demanding as the required changes are to be made to combustion engines at the cutting edge of technology;
expects the Commission to monitor type approvals of new vehicles on an ongoing basis;
calls on the Commission to ensure that this structural transition is accompanied by industrial policy measures, as a thorough social and economic impact assessment is lacking;
suggests that the mid-term review should examine in 2024 to what extent the climate, innovation and employment goals have been achieved;
calls for a mid-term review to include the state of play regarding the qualification and (re)training of staff as well as an updated analysis of the areas in which (additional) action is required;
believes that any fines, under both the existing and the new regulation, should be used to support the sector and its workers through the transition towards low-carbon products.