he Economic and Social Council has 35 members and 35 alternates, who are either employers' or workers' representatives or who have special expertise in an economic or social domain. The latter are completely independent from the professional organisations represented in the Council.
Responsibilities are allocated as follows:
14 members representing employers:
2 representatives of the iron and steel sector;
2 representatives of small and medium-sized companies;
2 representatives of the trade sector;
2 representatives of the craft sector;
1 representative of the banking sector;
1 representative of the insurance sector;
1 representative of the professional classes;
2 representatives of the farming sector;
1 representative of the wine-growing sector.
14 members representing workers:
10 representatives of private sector employees;
3 representatives of civil servants and public sector employees;
1 transport sector agent.
The employers' and workers' representatives are appointed by the cabinet on the advice of the most representative professional organisations.
7 members with special expertise in an area of economic and social policy, completely independent from the professional organisations represented, namely:
4 members co-opted by the employers' and workers' representatives;
3 members appointed by the cabinet.
The Council's members have a renewable four-year mandate.
A president and two vice-presidents are appointed by the Grand Duke on the advice of the Council for a period of two years.