Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)

The Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) is one of six specialised sections within the European Economic and Social Committee. It has 135 members. 12 of the SOC section's members make up the section bureau, which is responsible for coordinating the section’s work.

The SOC section deals with a broad range of policy areas:  employment and working conditions, social policy and poverty, education and training, justice and home affairs (including immigration and asylum), health, gender equality, disability issues, demography, family, culture, sport, citizenship, volunteering and the Roma. The section’s activities thus cover the work of several Commission Directorates-General, European Parliamentary Committees and Council configurations. 

The SOC Section prepares opinions requested by the Commission, European Parliament or Council (including EU Presidencies) as well as own-initiative opinions, with policy analysis and specific proposals. The section regularly organises public events both in Brussels and in the Member States.

In 2007 a specific 33 member Labour Market Observatory (LMO) was set up with the task of identifying and analysing labour market trends and challenges.

In January 2015, the SOC section, in cooperation with the European Commission, organised the first edition of the European Migration Forum. It has developed from the European Integration Forum, of which 11 editions took place between 2009 and 2014.


These pages are all about SOC: opinions, events and more.

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    The human face of migration – 1st European Migration Forum

    The first European Migration Forum, jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), was held on 26 and 27 January at the EESC in Brussels.

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    On 27 January 2015 the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Europeans Throughout The World (ETTW) jointly organised a conference entitled Basic European Right to Free Movement Under Threat.

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