European Economic And Social Committee (EESC)
The EESC is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. Its 344 members are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council for a renewable 4-year term. The next renewal will be in October 2010. The members represent a wide range of interests: from employers to trade unionists, from consumers to ecologists.