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.
Foreseen for the TEN section meeting: 28 February 2024
Foreseen for the EESC plenary session: 20-21 March 2024
The general objective of the initiative is to consolidate and simplify the passenger rights regulatory framework as well as to enhance its crisis resilience, addressing lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic. This would lead to a more homogeneous system of rights for passengers across all transport modes, while taking into account the specificities of each of them, also in times of crises.
In line with the findings of the evaluation of three Regulations on air passenger rights for passengers with reduced mobility, waterborne and bus & coach passenger rights, the first specific objective is to ensure a better application and enforcement of the passenger rights rules for these three modes.
The second specific objective is to address aspects not currently covered for all modes of transport (‘horizontal issues’). These include e.g. the implementation of the rules when intermediaries are involved or whether there is an adequate protection of passengers against the risk of mass disruption and/or operator insolvency, regarding the timely reimbursement of tickets and, if needed, repatriation.