Georges DASSIS - EESC President














  • Trade-union activist in Greece from the age of 15
  • Activist against the colonels' regime in Greece (1967-1974)
  • Permanent member of the national staff of the Belgian General Federation of Labour (FGTB) from 1976 to 1980
  • Since 1981, representative of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC, formerly ICFTU) and to the International Labour Office (ILO)
  • Since 1982, member of the Executive Committee of the ETUC
  • Member of the EESC from 1981 to 1990 and from 2002
  • President of the regional section of the EESC from 1986 to 1990
  • Founder member of the Labour Institute of the GSEE (1990) and secretary for international relations
  • President of the ECO section of the EESC from 2004 to 2008
  • President of the Workers' Group of the EESC from 2008 to 2015
  • President of the EESC from 2015 to 2018

At the EESC, Georges Dassis has been a Rapporteur on opinions such as the European minimum income, Social dialogue in the Economic and Monetary Union and the Cost of non-Europe.


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  • Published In: 2016
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    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.