The European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee : The House of European Organised Civil Society

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This a textbook and reference guide, written by a former Secretary-General, to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the 350-member 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. 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. The book 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 8 pages colour plates
  • 0993454941
  • 9780993454943
  • 1,220,049

Table of contents

1.A unique body: what the European Economic and SocialCommittee is and what it does 2. The Committee's members 3. The Presidency4. The Bureau and the Assembly 5. The Groups (and the Categories) 6. The Sections, the Consultative Commission, the Subcommittees, the Observatories 7. The Committee's working methods 8. Cooperation with the EU's institutions and other bodies 9. The EESC and national economic and social councils 10. The Committee and external relations 11. The budget 12. Civil dialogue, participatory democracy and constitutional reform13. Communication 14. The Secretariat-General and the Committee's buildings Comprehensive bibliographySubject indexNames indexPhoto section
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About Martin Westlake

Martin Westlake was Secretary-General of the EESC from 2008 to 2013. In addition to his career as an EU official he has written widely on the EU institutions and British politics, including the official biography of Neil Kinnock.
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