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.
In 2017, the EESC organised a hearing and adopted a report on the LeaderSHIP 2020 Strategy as regards the maritime technology sector in Europe. This exercise was aimed at paving the way for the adoption of a new LeaderSHIP Strategy beyond 2020. Unfortunately, this strategy was not adopted.
Meanwhile, competitive distortions from Asia have continued or increased. With Covid-19, the situation has become even worse, to the extent that the existence of the remaining shipbuilding yards in Europe are in danger, at a time when the sector can – and is willing to – play a key role in making waterborne transport a zero-emission (and digital) mode of transport, in line with the European Green Deal and other (recent) EU policies.
Without a dedicated industrial strategy for the maritime technology sector, there is no doubt that the EU will lose its remaining shipyards to Asia, with adverse effects for the entire supply chain, including maritime equipment manufacturers and shipowners.