The study aims to analyse the present situation of the national ESCs (Economic and Social Councils/Committees) and of other structures for dialogue in Greece, Italy, Spain, France and Romania, and of the EESC including the following aspects:
- How budget cuts are affecting their role in the representation of the labour world?
- The need for ESCs to exist from the institutional (constitutional) point of view in the democratic consultation mechanisms of the social players and civil society,
- The need for reform that encompasses the idea of "democratic government" within national and European ESCs,
- The basis for social and institutional dialogue in a democratic society, including the political, historical and cultural points of view.