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.
Since 2009, the Committee, through the SOC Section, co-organises the biannual European Integration Forum together with the European Commission.
These pages are all about SOC: opinions, events and more.