New bureau for the European Economic and Social Committee

7 October 2015

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had the elections for its Bureau and three representatives of the disability movement were elected in fundamental positions in the Committee. EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of Group III of the Committee responsible for fundamental rights, human rights, non discrimination, social inclusion and sustainable development, focusing especially on social and economic pillars.

EDF Vice-President, Gunta Anca, will be a member of the EESC Bureau for the next two and a half years, while Ask Løvbjerg Abildgaard from the Danish disability movement, was elected President of the IT Group for the next two and a half years.

Background information

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 European Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.

Every two and half years the EESC elects a bureau made up of 37 members, and a president and two vice-presidents chosen from each of the three groups in rotation.

Find our more about the role of EESC on its website

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