European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the EU, which includes representatives of organizations of workers and employers and other groups.
Committee presents views on EU-related issues to the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament, thereby acting as a bridge between decision-makers EU institutions and citizens. The EESC allows interest groups to express official opinions on EU legislative proposals.
The main tasks of the Committee are:
- to ensure that policies and EU law are consistent with the economic and social conditions while seeking consensus for mutual benefit;
- encourage EU participation, giving organizations of workers and employers and other stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and ensuring dialogue between them;
- to promote the values of European integration and to uphold the cause of participatory democracy and civil society organizations.
EESC members represent both sides of industry and social interest groups from across Europe. They are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council of the EU for renewable 5-year term. The number of members per country depends on the population. The members work for the EU regardless of the governments of their countries. They meet 9 times a year. Opinions shall be adopted by a simple majority vote.
Bulgaria participates in the work of the council with 12 representatives, among which is the Executive Chairman of BIA Bozhidar Danev.
The Committee shall elect a Chairman and two Vice-Presidents for a period of 2.5 years. Committee members belong to one of the following three groups:
- Other interest groups (such as farmers, consumers)