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.
has serious doubts about including methane (CH4) as a CO2 equivalent;
recommends that the review of the limits for tailpipe emissions should be preceded by a detailed and broad-ranging impact assessment;
notes that with regard to revising the measurement of particulates, the proposal seems to be in contradiction with the conclusions of the UNECE working party;
welcomes the intention to provide flexibility in terms of emission limits for certain LD vehicles which, once completed, run the risk of falling into the HD category and requiring double type approval;
supports the Commission's proposal to exclude gas-fuelled vehicles from the measurement of ammonia.