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.
The Permanent Group (TSG) on Transport acts as an internal think tank to the TEN Section on transport issues, in particular as a body to anticipate new challenges, and develop and review new ideas and concepts. This means, the TSG-T seeks to reflect on perspectives and ideas, as well as on the overall role the EESC – as a representative of Europe’s civil society – can have in shaping Europe's transport future.
The TSG-T has been working on the following topics:
Participatory dialogue on TEN-T policy
The TSG-T strives to establish a dialogue between authorities, stakeholders and civil society on the TEN-T core network corridors. The concept was initiated by the Malmö conference "Shaping the Future of Core Network corridors" and reaffirmed by the Milan conference "Improved dialogue for smart and sustainable transport".
The "Talking transport" on-line platform was launched to support this two-way participatory dialogue.
The TSG-T has been an important partner for the rapporteurs of the Mobility package and closely monitors the European Commission's 2017 "mobility package" themes, such as market access measures, enforcement of social legislation and road charging.