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.
The EESC believes that the conservation and enforcement measures adopted by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) should be transposed into EU law, with a view to achieving their uniform and effective implementation within the EU.
However, the Committee is of the view that the proposal presented does not establish an efficient mechanism for transposing the measures adopted by NAFO and does not resolve the issue of having to update these measures each year.
The Committee is in favour of a more efficient, simpler mechanism and therefore proposes drafting a regulation that contains a single article stipulating that the European Union must without fail apply NAFO measures to its fleet.
The EESC stresses the risks involved in introducing a system of delegated acts, granting the Commission the power to legislate without following ordinary procedures.