The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is an EU advisory body comprising representatives of workers' and employers' organisations and other interest groups. It issues opinions on EU issues to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, thus acting as a bridge between the EU's decision-making institutions and EU citizens.
It gives the interest groups a formal say on EU legislative proposals. Its three key tasks are to:
EESC members represent the variety of civil society organisations across Europe, including businesses, trade unions and other interests. They are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council of the EU for renewable 5-year terms. The number of members per country depends on that country's population.
Members work for the EU, independently of their governments. They meet 9 times a year. Opinions are adopted by a simple majority vote.
Meetings are prepared by the EESC's specialised sections and the consultative commission on industrial change. The EESC's specialist think-tanks (known as 'observatories') track the progress of EU strategies.
The EESC keeps in touch with regional and national economic and social councils throughout the EU - mainly to share information and discuss particular issues.
The EESC holds arts, youth and other events to bring the EU and its citizens closer together.
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Type of visit: Information session
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Advance booking requirement: 3 weeks
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