On 28 May the Spanish ESC in plenary session adopted its Report on the socioeconomic and employment situation in 2013 with 46 votes in favour and just one abstention, thereby accomplishing its annual mandate of submitting to the government in May an assessment of the state of the country drawn up jointly by the social partners and civil society organisations forming the ESC pursuant to its founding law. This year’s is the 21st Report produced by the government’s chief advisory body on socioeconomic and employment matters.
Unlike other reports produced by consultancy firms, the Council’s Report is not confined to describing and analyzing the main events of the last year, as it often makes concrete proposals in line with its function as a government advisory body. And unlike other institutions which also make proposals in various fields, the Council has the advantage of combining distinct opinions and interests. All this makes its Report objective in its analyses and of particular interest for its proposals backed by the broad sweep of civil society represented on the Council.
Each of the three chapters forming this document of more than 800 pages is full of suggestions which the Council submits to the government on a basis of consensus. On other occasions the Report sounds the alert on current or future issues needing attention