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 agrees with the Commission Proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 on ship inspections and certification, which is necessary as a result of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
The EESC believes that the changes proposed will create an environment of opportunity and recommends that the Commission foster closer cooperation between all of the relevant European, national institutions, and the Recognised Organisations, with which Member States have signed authorisation agreements.
The EESC welcomes the fact that this proposal brings legal certainty to an industry upon which there is a huge dependency in relation to the smooth transporting of goods in conditions that are proven to be of the highest safety standards. It therefore recommends that the proposal is urgently adopted.
The EESC welcomes the Commission’s intention to report on its effects after an adequate period of application and recommends that sufficient action is taken, in particular where consequences were not foreseen by the scope of the regulation change.