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Federal Economic Council (CCE)

Federal Economic Council (CCE)

Date of entry: July 2, 1999

Member of AICESIS

Member of ILO




Institutional characteristics

Date of creation
September 20 1948
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)


Bipartite plus (W, E and others)

Number of members : 54 members (and 54 substitutes)

Group A: organisations representative of industry, agriculture, trade, SMEs, craft industry, non-profit
Group B: organisations representative of workers, including consumption cooperatives representatives

Members appointed by the group A and the group B for their scientific or technical skills.

There are around 60 full time employees.

Duration of the term : 4 years renewable
Process of designating the members (election, nomination, by whom, etc.) : appointed by socio professional Organizations

Management organes


The President is appointed by a royal decree after consultation of the Council. The President is an outsider personality of the administration and of the organizations which are represented in the Council. The duration of his mandate is 6 years renewable. There are 4 Vice Presidents appointed by the Council for 4 years (2 are appointed by the group A and 2 others by the group B).

General Assembly and Plenary


Reporting Institution




To the administration concerned for information
Souce of funding
The budget is introduced into the draft budget that the Council gives to the Minister for the Economy. After negotiations with the Council, the Minister determines the final budget and registers it in his budget to be submitted to the legislative Chambers. The Council manages its budget independently but under administrative control of the governmental Commissioner.


Who convenes the ESC

A Minister or one of the Legislative Chambers (and in the event of urgency, a federal public administration) convene the Institution. It has a legal right to issue own-initiative opinion.

Salary of members

The Councillors receive compensations for being present and refunds of travelling expenses.


The Councillor mandate is incompatible with a political mandate (Ministers, Parliament member) or a public mandate (civil servant).


Affiliation: AICESIS

Main technical areas of competencies

Productivity and competitivity

Belgium Attractivity as European distribution centre

Employment policy and labour market regulation

Workers transport from home to working place


Diagnosis on training and education

Environment Policy

Green book: “A European safe, competitive and sustainable strategy”

Financial and Economic Policies

Sectoral studies for several branches of the economy

Business outlooks for several branches of the economy

Fiscal and Taxation Policies

Technical report on available margins for the payroll tax evolution

Accounting Simplification and accounts control

Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and Industrial Policy

Diagnosis on R&D and innovation

Corporate Social Responsibility

Action plan for Corporate social responsibility

Youth Employment

Evaluation of programs promoting the entry of young people in the labour market

Infrastructure Networks, Transport, and Energy Policies

Energy efficiency in housing sector


Report on « Belgium’s energy challenges towards 2030 »

Social Affairs

Fight against poverty, precarity and social exclusion

Social balance sheet simplification

Structural mechanisms of welfare adjustments

Sub-committees/working groups

Productivity and competitivity


Financial and Economic Policies

National and European Economic Policy (Follow the European news / Competitive position, formation of wages and labor market / Structural competitiveness: R&D, innovation, entrepreneuriat)

Corporate Social Responsibility, Multinationals and Global Supply Chains

Organization of the Economy (Information to give to works Councils / Accounting system / Corporate governance / Corporate social responsibilities)

Others (please specify the list)

Sectoral Commissions