The Economic and Social Council operates either at the request of the legislative bodies (Government, Parliament) or on its own initiative on matters falling within its competence.
The activity of the Economic and Social Council is organised according to its Rules of Procedure.
The Specialised Sections examine the matters specific to their area of competence, issue opinions to be examined during the Plenary Session, which is supposed to provide the final opinion.
The Plenary Session decisions are generally adopted by the social partners’ consensus. When the consensus is not reached, the decisions are put to vote and adopted by a three-quarters majority of the members of the Economic and Social Council present at the meeting.
The Plenary Session proceedings take place in open sessions.