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 fact that the proposal for a regulation continues to focus on operators of machinery products and other workers involved, as their health and safety protection remains a key issue;
stresses that the transitional provisions to the new machinery regulation need to be specified in order to provide legal certainty for all stakeholders;
underlines that increasingly sophisticated machinery requires special training for users so that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks. Mechanisms are also needed that allow clear responsibility to be attributed in the event of accidents. Workers' representatives should be enlisted in the procedure for the purchase and installation of new machinery.