This the first complete guide to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Brussels-based body which brings together representatives of organised civil society (employers, trade unions and other interests) from all 28 EU member states and has a consultative role with the EU legislative institutions. Written by a former Secretary-General, the book systematically explains the EESC’s powers, internal structures and procedures, and how it works with other institutions and outside stakeholders, both in theory and practice. It includes a photo section of current and former leading figures in the EESC.
“The European Parliament has always found in the Committee a useful ally and source of expertise … I therefore welcome and commend this book, which sets out in a comprehensive and comprehensible way the many different activities and functions of the European Economic and Social Committee and how this venerable body works in practice. It will surely be of good use to anybody and everybody who works with the Committee.”
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Martin Westlake was Secretary-General of the EESC from 2008-2013.