Nav 6.2: The European Economic and Social Committee

Length Browsing; 20 minutes Reporting: 20 minutes
  • To gain more insight into the composition of the Economic and Social Committee and reflect upon its role in EU policy-making
  • To familiarize yourself with the website of the EESC
Introduction Chapter 6 has briefly outlined the role of the EESC as one of the EU’s advisory bodies. While originally being an advisory body for economic and social interests, the Lisbon Treaty states that the EESC represents ‘organisations of employers, of the employed, and of other parties representative of civil society, notably in socio-economic, civic, professional and cultural areas’. In this exercise you will find out which organisations seated in the EESC represent these interests
  • Do you think the list provides a good representation of the civil society in both countries?
  • If not, what groups should be added or should receive more seats on the EESC?
  • The EU is often mentioned as a mix between a pluralist and a corporatist system. How do you interpret the EESC from this perspective?