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.
Welcomes the basic objective of the proposed Regulation to strengthen the monitoring and transparency of the wholesale energy markets. It underlines, continuous monitoring and analysis is required so that appropriate interventions and regulatory responses can be made in a timely manner on a sound basis. It also calls for proportionality in data reporting and the application of the once-only principle. The revision should aim at creating a transparent and non-discriminatory system, while avoiding a misuse of data collected.
Welcomes the alignment of the definitions of inside information and market manipulation with financial market rules. The EESC also highlights the importance of cooperation between national and EU-level authorities and stresses the need to ensure an appropriate and efficient division of duties between national regulatory authorities and ACER.
Highly regrets that the proposals regarding electricity market design have not gone through full consultation and impact assessment. It is of the opinion that no reform should be rushed and public consultations and impact assessments are precious tools in the law-making process.