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 objectives of the Environmental Crime Directive (ECD) are to contribute to a more effective protection of the environment and full application of the existing Union environmental legislation through criminal law, to ensure a level playing field in the Member States by approximating the criminal offenses, and to ensure deterrent sanctions and overall effective sanctioning systems in all Member States.
This information report assesses the results over the Environmental Crime Directive's whole lifetime from 2011 to 2018 and with respect to five Member States. The information report covers the criteria of effectiveness, relevance and the added value of involving civil society.
Taking note of the data collected, the EESC considers that the prevailing suggestion is to improve the implementation of the existing Directive, starting with a comparative analysis of the implementation of the Directive in all Member States, even if there are also good reasons to update it.
Evaluation on the Environmental Crime Directive - Technical Appendix