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Author of the month: European Economic and Social Committee

Set up in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a unique forum for consultation, dialogue and consensus between representatives of organised civil society, including employers, trade unions and various interest groups (i.e. professional and community associations, youth organisations, women's groups, consumers and environmentalists, and many more), and Europe.

Based in Brussels, the EESC is made up of 350 members from 28 EU Member States, coming from diverse social and professional backgrounds and offering a vast range of knowledge and experience.

The EESC’s aim is to help ensure that EU policy-making and legislation are more democratic, more effective and genuinely reflect the needs of EU citizens.

The Committee has three key tasks:

  • to advise – via its opinions - the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission
  • to ensure the views of civil society organisations are heard in Brussels
  • to support and strengthen organised civil society both inside and outside the EU.

In almost 60 years, the EESC has adopted thousands of opinions to help improve the lives of EU citizens.

With more than 100 titles published every year, the EESC's publications cover all different aspects of the EESC's and the EU's work:

  • Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion
  • Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
  • External Relations
  • Internal Market, Production and Consumption
  • Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and Information Society
  • Industrial Change

To learn more about the EESC, visit our website.

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