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European Economic and Social Committee

European Economic and Social Committee

Why do European citizens need an EESC?

Democracy cannot exist without the participation of civil societyImpact: makes EU policies better Scope: all topics affecting daily life
• employment • health • consumer rights • farming • fighting organised crime etc.

European Economic and Social Committee

Whydo European citizens need an EESC?

European Economic and Social Committee

Our vision: European values

• freedom, democracy and equality • global solidarity, social justice • environmentalresponsibility

European Economic and Social Committee

Why does the EESC matter?

A unique resource for the EU – because its members:
• represent all of civil society • have a wide range ofskills and knowledge • enjoy freedom of thought and speech • improve EU laws and policies • promote civil society and social dialogue round the world

European Economic and Social Committee

Why doesthe EESC matter?

European Economic and Social Committee

Does the EESC influence EU laws?
Yes. The European Commission acts on 4 out of 5 EESC opinions

81%

Herman Van Rompuy – StaffanNilsson

European Economic and Social Committee

The EESC builds …?

…better EU legislation, by uniting diverging interests through CONSENSUS and issuing OPINIONS
European Economic and SocialCommittee

The EESC builds …?

…participatory democracy, by involving people in decisions at every level

European Economic and Social Committee

The EESC builds …?

European Economicand Social Committee

What is ‘organised civil society’?
All the groups and organisations that citizens set up to represent their interests, to achieve a goal, or to co-operate with like-minded peopleEuropean Economic and Social Committee

Where the EESC stands in Europe

European Commission

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Council of the EU

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