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.
sets out in this exploratory opinion the six key elements of a Just Transition Policy Framework (JTPF), accompanied by concrete short- and long-term measures;
stresses that a just transition should be high on the political agenda of the next EU legislature and enshrined in all EU institutions through a holistic, cross-sectoral and coherent approach, and proposes concrete actions, such as
the preparation and adoption of a "2050 EU Agenda",
the appointment of a Commissioner for Just Transition in the next legislature and
the setup of a Just Transition Observatory;
believes that the JTPF should be based onthe principles of environmental sustainability, the right to a decent life and the protection of social values, and should aim to promote a sustainable economy that provides for the well-being of all within planetary boundaries, including through a comprehensive 2050 EU sustainable development strategy and the necessary reforms of the European Semester;
believes that the JTPF should preserve and further develop the European social model;
is convinced that the JTPF should be developed and implemented through meaningful social dialogue and collective bargaining, civil dialogue and the engagement of regional and local authorities. The EESC encourages the development of just transition plans at all levels, together with the protection and training of workers;
emphasises that the JTPF should be accompanied by EU policies that enable enterprises to become competitive in a fair way, sustainable, stronger and more resilient and to play their part in ensuring a just transition that is people-centred, responsive to local conditions, protects nature and the environment and seizes opportunities;
is convinced that adequate investment in a just transition is fundamental to realise the JTPF and suggests exploring the possibility of a golden rule and social and environmental conditionalities for investment, as well as reforming the European Stability and Growth Pact to monitor, coordinate and facilitate the spending and reforms needed to achieve the goal of a just transition.