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EESC visits presentation
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Where is the EESC located?
What is the EESC ?
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!
That is, representatives of organisations of
(farmers, the professions, consumers, and so on)
the EESC is the only way
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.
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
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
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
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…
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:
mandatory / exploratory
is communicated as appropriate
goes to EU institutions
Adoption by plenary