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.
asserts that businesses and workers musthave proper channels for participating in efforts to support environmental protection and combat climate change;
considers that issues related to the green transition could be a stronger focus of collective bargaining at the appropriate levels;
considers that the discussion of green issues within collective bargaining is about negotiable clauses between the social partners within collective agreements that have a direct and indirect effect on the environment. Such clauses can cover, but are not limited to:
the impact of companies' activity on the environment;
the protection of workers from the effects of the environment and climate change;
the impact of the green transformation on a company's activity as regards work organisation, changing occupational profiles and the skills of employees;
internal monitoring of the implementation of points a, b, and c.
highlights collective bargaining as a key tool that can help companies and workers face the challenges of the climate crisis, including the derived costs for companies;
highlights that the impact of the green transition, among others, on employment and on territorial and social cohesion, the creation of jobs, transitions between different sectors of activity and the training and reskilling of workers, the particular vulnerability of older workers, health and safety at work are issues that can be addressed in collective bargaining, always playing due attention to gender;
calls on the EU and the Member States and the social partners, with full respect for collective autonomy, to take more committed and effective measures to further the development of, and raise the importance of greening in collective bargaining at the various appropriate levels;
calls on the EU and the Member States to further support actions and initiatives that will incentivise employers and workers toadapt to the green transition.