CEOE has doubled its presence in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), a body that represents European organized civil society, being the main advisory member of the European Commission. Membership of this committee allows direct participation in the European decision-making process and, therefore, offers the possibility of influencing the design and development of different European policies.
CEOE has been part of the EESC since Spain's entry into the then European Economic Community in 1 986, now the European Union; and from the beginning it has aimed to deepen the European integration project, together with the enhancement and defense of the interests of Spanish and European companies.
On October 27 to 29, the Plenary Session establishing the new mandate of the EESC for the years 2020 to 2025 was held, in which CEOE has achieved with the greatest presence acquired to date, with a total of 10 positions of responsibility both in the government of the Committee, as well as of the Employer Group, with a vice-presidency, and of several of its permanent working bodies, such as the Sections of Economy, Foreign Relations, Transportation and Energy.
In coordination with CEOE, the nine Spanish business councilors, including representatives of CEPYME, FIAB, AEB, UNESID, ASEDAS, CEPESCA and ASAJA, will now have the possibility of setting the EESC's agenda at a particularly difficult and complicated time . Its priorities include not only the essential recovery of the productive fabric and the commitment to reindustrialization, but also the reinforcement of the internal market and business competitiveness as the guiding principle of green and digital transitions in a global environment that prioritizes foreign relations with the Mediterranean and Latin America.
The EESC has 329 members, divided into three groups: the Employer Group, which includes Spanish business councilors; the Workers' Group, made up of trade union organizations; and the Europa Diversa Group, which includes representatives of agricultural and fishing associations, as well as the third sector, mainly.