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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  • Published In: 2016
    16 pages
    The EESC priorities during the Slovak presidency - July - December 2016

    For the first time in the history of the European Union, twelve years after its accession, the Slovak Republic will take up the presidency of the Council on 1 July.


    As we all know, the Member State holding the presidency has fairly limited powers. However, it is responsible for keeping the impetus going and coordinating meetings and their agendas and undertaking communication activities aimed at the media and general public – everywhere in the EU of course, but particularly in the Member State itself. The presidency is also a way of showing that the Union is not an external superpower that imposes itself on Member States “from above” or “from Brussels”: it is a union of States, where each has its role to play.

  • Published In: 2016
    16 pages
    The EESC priorities during the Dutch presidency

    The Dutch Presidency wants a Union that focuses on the essentials: jobs, growth and connection. Many challenges lie ahead: a.o. unemployment, poverty, an ageing population, the flow of refugees, the rapid change in the global economy, scarce resources, energy costs and the impact of climate change. The Dutch Presidency intends to promote a Union that connects, a Union based on fundamental values supported by its citizens.

    The EESC has high hopes on the Dutch experience in European construction. It welcomes the consultation at the outset of the Dutch Parliament and the National Economic and Social Council (SER) and promises the full cooperation of the organized civil society that it represents in this construction.

  • Published In: 2015
    16 pages
    The EESC priorities during the Luxembourg presidency - July-December 2015

    The presidency is returning to Luxembourg, a founding Member State that not only plays joint host to the institutions but, thanks to its pivotal position in the centre of Europe, in fact helped to create the fledgling predecessor of today’s European Union. The Grand Duchy will undoubtedly bring to bear its unique and successful experience both in genuinely integrating itself into Europe, and in integrating Europe within its borders.

  • Published In: 2015
    12 pages
    EESC priorities during the Latvian Presidency - January – June 2015 - Second Edition

    At a time when the European Parliament has just started a new term and the European Commission has a new team in place, the European Economic and Social Committee is continuing to move forwards as a committed partner of the Latvian Presidency. As the representative of European civil society, our committee has recently seen confirmation of its key role in building a more democratic European Union in the European Parliament report that has recognised its work as being critical to the success of the European citizens’ initiative. And this is the path on which we wish to continue.


    Second Edition

  • 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 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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