The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission shall be assisted by an Economic and Social Committee (…) acting in an advisory capacity.
Article 13, Treaty on EU
Finding consensus on decisions and legislation is key for the democratic development of the European Union. This makes the role of the EESC vital, because it contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the EU by enabling civil society organisations to express their views at European level. The Committee helps to ensure that European policies and legislation tie in better with economic, social and civic circumstances on the ground, by assisting the European Parliament, Council and European Commission.