The EESC in a few words
What is the European Economic and Social Committee and what does it do?
It's a European advisory body. It has members from all the EU countries, representing different economic and social sectors in society: employers, workers, NGOs and various other organisations. In the European decision-making process, its role is to advise the other European institutions (European Commission, Council of the European Union and European Parliament). The EESC gives them its point of view on particular issues, in documents known in euro-speak as "opinions".
Who are the EESC's members?
The 353 members come from organisations throughout the 28 EU Member States. Each member belongs to one of the Committee's three major groups, "Employers", "Workers" and "Various Interests". Their job is to work together to reach a consensus, so that the Committee can issue "opinions" that reflect the interests of the greatest number.
Why is the Committee's work important?
Through the various civil society organisations represented by the EESC, ordinary people in Europe can make their views heard and influence decisions taken at European level.
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