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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  • 22 Jun 2017
    A new migration policy and a Common European Asylum System based on solidarity is needed, EESC president says

    "The EESC has long advocated a new common European legal migration policy and an efficient and equitable Common European Asylum System", Georges Dassis emphasised in his speech delivered at the high-level conference on migration management which was organised by the European Parliament earlier today.

    The aim of the conference was to find viable solutions regarding the migration crisis and to meet the expectations of European citizens in this area. Political leaders, specialists and stakeholders discussed the issue of shared responsibility between Member States, the internal security of the European Union, the root causes of migration and how to ensure a stable socio-economic environment and prosperity in third countries.

  • 19 Jun 2017
    Civil Society debates E-government and cybersecurity with incoming Estonian Presidency

    The successful experience of Estonia with E-government as well as questions concerning cybersecurity were discussed during the EESC conference on the “Future development of E-government in the EU” held in Tallinn. The European Economic and Social Committee hosted a debate on the priorities of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU which have as an overarching goal to improve the quality of life of EU citizens by working toward concrete goals in the spirit of Bratislava declaration.

    The EESC President Georges Dassis opened the event by expressing being “astounded by Estonia's X-Road platform which seems to help citizens in all walks of life. The only question that this raises is how to protect quality jobs and not abandon the existing workers.”



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