European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Comité économique et social européen
Comité Económico y Social Europeo
Europäischer Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss
Comité Económico e Social Europeu
Comitato Economico e Sociale Europeo
Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité
Europeiska Ekonomiska och Sociala Kommittén
Det Europaeiske Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg
Euroopan Talous-ja Sosiaalikomitea
Coiste Eacnamaioch agus Sóisialta na hEorpa
Evropsky Hospodarsky a Socialni Vybor
Európsky Hospodarsky a Socialny Vybor
Európai Gazdasagi és Szocialis Bizottsag
Europejski Komitet Ekonomiczno-Spoleczny
Evropski Ekonomsko-Socialni Odbor
Euroopa Majandus- ja Sotsiaalkomitee
Eiropas Ekonomikas un Socialo Lietu Komiteja
Europos Ekonomikos ir Socialiniu Reikalu Komitetas
Kumitat Ekonomiku u So&ocjali Ewropew
Europski Gospodarski i Socijalni Odbor
Comitetul Economic si Social Europea

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Jan 1958, Brussels (Belgium), by Article 193 of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Treaty of Rome), both signed 25 Mar 1957, Rome (Italy), to involve economic and social interest groups in the establishment of the common market, to provide institutional machinery for briefing the European Commission (EC) and the Council of Ministers on European Union issues, and to assist in decision-making of the Commissions set up for European Economic Community (EEC) and European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Since July 1967, on coming into force of the Treaty merging the executive of European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) with those of the European Economic Community and Euratom, has maintained a similar role with respect to the European Commission. EESC's role has been reinforced by Single European Act (SEA) (1986), Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty) (1992), Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and Nice Treaty (2000). Since Treaty of Lisbon came into force, 2009, functions as an advisory body of the European Union (EU), for European Parliament (EP), Council of the European Union and the European Commission.

Original title: Economic and Social Committee of the European Communities (ESC) -- Comité économique et social des Communautés européennes (CES) -- Comité Económico y Social de Comunidades Europeas -- Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss der Europäischen Gemeinschaften -- Comité Económico e Social dos Comunidades Européias -- Comitato Economico e Sociale delle Comunità Europee -- Economisch en Sociaal Comité van de Europese Gemeenschappen -- Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg for de Europaeiske Faellesskaber -- Ikonomikis ke Kinonikis Epitropis ton Evropaikon Kinotiton. Subsequently changed title to Economic and Social Committee (ESC) -- Comité économique et social européen (CES) -- Comité Económico y Social -- Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss -- Comité Económico e Social -- Comitato Economico e Sociale -- Comité Económico e Social -- Economisch en Sociaal Comité -- Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg -- Talous-ja Sosiaalikomitea -- Ikonomikis ke Kinonikis Epitropis, following the coming into effect of the Maastricht Treaty, when it became the Economic and Social Committee of the Union. Previously also referred to as EcoSoc.


Contribute to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union by enabling civil society organizations from Member States to express their views at European level; help 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, making use of EESC members' experience and representativeness, dialogue and efforts to secure consensus serving the general interest; promote development of a more participatory European Union which is more in touch with popular opinion, by acting as an institutional forum representing, informing, expressing the views of and securing dialogue with organized civil society; promote the values on which European integration is founded and advance, in Europe and across the world, the cause of democracy and participatory democracy, as well as the role of civil society organizations.

Future Events

2019 Brussels, Belgium – Plenary Session

2019 Strasbourg, France – European Day of Social Economy Enterprises

2019 Port Louis, Mauritius – Regional Seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups

2019 Helsinki, Finland – Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Digital Services for the Well-Being of Citizens

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Cooperation with European Parliament (EP), Council of the European Union or European Commission (EC) is based on the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) - Art 300, according to which, EESC is consulted on predefined policy areas. Additionally, the EESC may be consulted by these institutions in all cases in which they consider it appropriate. The EESC may, however, also adopt opinions on its own initiative. On average the EESC delivers 170 advisory documents and opinions a year (of which about 15% are issued on its own-initiative). Instrumental in setting up: Community Charter of Fundamental Social Rights for Workers (European Social Charter).


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Relations with 15 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 28 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Social
  • Social Activity
    • Employment Conditions
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Economics
    • Economic

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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