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.
supports the introduction of Euro 7 emission standards as an important element in achieving the EU's ambient air quality objectives. At the same time, this will also allow the EU to maintain its industrial leadership in clean automotive technologies;
calls for increased efforts regarding vocational training, upskilling/reskilling of the workforce, regional/local programs of economic reconversion and professional reclassification;
welcomes the many improvements contained in the proposed regulation: prevention of manipulation, use of digital technologies, reduction of complexity, and inclusion of electric vehicles and non-exhaust emissions;
Notes that individual car mobility must remain affordable in order to avoid "mobility poverty" (alternative transport options are not sufficiently available outside urban agglomerations);
believes that offering incentives to consumers would speed up the renewal of the car fleet and have significant health benefits, as replacing Euro 1-5/I-V vehicles with Euro 6/VI vehicles would lead to an80% reduction in NOx emissions;
calls for a swift adoption of the regulation and a minimum time frame of two years for cars/commercial vehicles and three years for buses and heavy goods vehicles.