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Matteo Aletta

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European Economic and Social Committee
Where is the EESC located?
What is the EESC ?
Consultative body

the only one which represents

legitimated by Treaty of Lisbon

Art 13.4 TEU (Treaty on European Union)

“ The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission shall be assisted by
an Economic and Social Committee and a Committee of the Regions acting in an advisory capacity.”

No, not at all!

So the EESC is is a kind of lobby, then?

What does it mean?
People "on the ground" : those most directly affected by EU legislation!


various interest


That is, representatives of organisations of

(farmers, the professions, consumers, and so on)
Why do
we need
the EESC?
the EESC is the only way
for Europe's
interest groups
to have a formal
and institutionalized say
on draft EU legislation

The Committee is the only institutional meeting-place and forum for
dialogue at European level that enables a
to be reached between diverse interests.

Whereas, lobbies are obviously there to tell
just one side of the story.

Civil Society
What is the structure of the EESC?

It is an assembly of 353 members from the 28 Member States of the EU

Members are appointed for a renewable year term

They are appointed by the Council of Ministers on the basis of lists drawn up by national governments

Hans–Joachim Wilms
Group 1
Henri Malosse
Group 3
Jane Morrice
Group 2
Vice President
Vice President
EESC Assembly is divided into

The EESC’s working bodies: 6 SECTIONS
The EESC’s decision-making bodies
The EESC’s working bodies:
5 other bodies

The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change – CCMI

Europe 2020 – Steering Committee

The Single Market Observatory – SMO

The Sustainable Development Observatory – SDO

The Labour Market Observatory – LMO

To issue opinions (

), the sections
usually set up “study groups”, each with a rapporteur

A continual quest for a
“dynamic compromise”


Constructive debate based on expertise

A vote is taken in the section, and then in the plenary session

The final opinion is transmitted to the European institutions and published in the Official Journal of the EU

Working methods

plenary sessions per year

Each of the 6 sections generally meets once a month

Each study group meets between one and three times

The members and the various working bodies are assisted by a secretariat-general

Pattern of work

EU Commission President Barroso – EESC President Malosse


Yes. The European Commission acts on 4 out of 5 EESC opinions

Does the EESC influence EU laws?

the Committee's role as a consultative body to the European Parliament, Council and European Commission by stepping up
Challenges for the future…


Follow us!

the EESC's
and credibility as the institutional representative of civil society
the EESC's presence in the
on the future of Europe
Examination and adoption by sections

Drafting by Rapporteur.
Often assisted by Study Group

Rapporteur and Study Group Members identified by Groups

Authorization of work by the Bureau

Commission, Parliament or
Council makes request

How we work:
Need for
mandatory / exploratory
EESC takes
own initiative


is communicated as appropriate

goes to EU institutions

Adoption by plenary

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