Christa Schweng was elected President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 28 October 2020 for a period of two and a half years, to run until March 2023. She has been an EESC member since 1998. Within the EESC, her work has focused on employment and social affairs.
Between 2018 and 2020, she was President of the EESC's Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC). From 2013 to 2015, she chaired the work of the Labour Market Observatory (LMO).
Outside the EESC, she works for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ). Since 1994, she has been a senior advisor to WKÖ's Social Policy Department.
Since 1995, she has been a Member of the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (a body that assists the European Commission in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of activities in the field of occupational safety and health).
Also since 1995, she has been a member of the management board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, based in Bilbao, and since 2001 the employers' spokesperson within the agency. Since 2001, she has held the rotating presidency of the Board every three years.
For the last 25 years, she has been a Member of SMEunited Social Affairs Committee (which she chaired between 2001 and 2009).
She holds a Masters’ Degree in Law from the University of Vienna.
She speaks fluent German, English and French, and can also communicate in Spanish.
She has been a rapporteur and co-rapporteur for numerous EESC opinions, such as
- Coordination of social security systems
- Eurofound, Cedefop & EU-OSHA Regulations
- Integration of refugees in the EU
- Youth employment measures - Best practices
- Seasonal employment – third-country nationals
- Health and safety at work: Self-employed workers
- Towards a Community strategy for health and safety at work