Cooperation with other EU Institutions and partnerships

The EESC's cooperation with other EU Institutions is based on the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU -Article 300). According to the Treaty, the Committee is consulted by the European Parliament, the Council or the Commission on predefined policy areas. Additionally, the Committee may be consulted by these institutions in all cases in which they consider it appropriate. The EESC's relations with the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions are structured by a Protocol on Cooperation. Moreover, the Committee has established privileged relationships with the rotating Presidencies of the European Council, and the cooperation between the EESC and the European Parliament has been intensified with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.
 
Partnerships are cooperation agreements made between the EESC and organised civil society stakeholders.

Priorities during the European Presidencies

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  • 1 Jul 2014
    EESC priorities during the Italian Presidency - July – December 2014 Latest Update: 01/07/2014

    The European Economic and Social Committee is staking its claim to be a committed partner for the Italian presidency of the European Union, thus giving a voice to civil society organisations throughout the next six-month period.

  • 1 Jan 2014
    EESC priorities during the Greek presidency

    With a critical juncture already fast approaching,the Greek Presidency of the EU represents an opportunity that Europe cannot afford to miss, a chance to influence the direction of change and build a Europe that feels more tangible and familiar to its citizens. At the elections next May,the public will elect a new European Parliament.  These elections will also tell us whether or not Europe has managed to convince its citizens that it is effective and that the European venture has been reinvigorated.

  • 1 Jul 2013
    EESC priorities during the Lithuanian presidency Given the ongoing crisis, Europe is faced with a major challenge which it must address successfully: to restore public trust in its ability to act in their interest and in the general European interest. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, the overall direction provided by the Lithuanian presidency will be essential in renewing ties with the public.
  • 1 Jan 2013
    The European Economic and Social Committee during the Irish Presidency (January – June 2013) ”If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.” I can’t help mentioning this Irish proverb when I think of the upcoming Irish Presidency marking next spring. What does Europe need at the time of the Irish Presidency, and what could Ireland bring to the table and cultivate for the EU? In times of significant economic challenges, Ireland will need to display effective management of the EU agenda. Holding the Presidency offers Ireland a valuable opportunity to seek ways of advancing legislation and policy that will positively improve the lives of all EU citizens. Staffan Nilsson, président du CESE
  • 1 Jul 2012
    The European Economic and Social Committee during the Cyprus Presidency The Republic of Cyprus holds the Presidency for the second half of 2012. Its priorities can be found at www.cy2012eu.gov.cy/ This publication sets out some of the major activities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the period of the Cyprus Presidency from July to December 2012.
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