Date of entry: June 27, 2002
Member of AICESIS
Member of ILO
Best practices :
- Conferences, research awards, international cooperation.
- TRESMED European project, to foster Economic and Social Councils in the Euromed region
- EUROSOCIAL II European project, to foster Economic and Social Councils in Latin America
(34-91) 429-00-18 / 429-06-96/ 429-23-34
+34 91 429 51 73
Calle Huertas n°73 – 28014 MADRID (ESPAÑA)
Date of creation
June 17, 1991
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)
Law 21/1991, of 17th June, on the Founding of the Economic and Social Council. It is envisaged in the Constitution of 1978 (article 131.2).
Consultation and advisory
The Council must deliver its Opinion on Draft Bills and Draft Royal Legislative Decrees concerning socioeconomic and Labour matters (except the Draft General Government Budget Bill) as well as on any Draft Royal Decrees containing particularly important provisions on such matters, but its Opinion are not binding. The Council is also required to deliver Opinions concerning any affairs on which it may be consulted by the National Government or any members of the Government; as well as to draw up, reviews or reports on economic and social matters at the request of Government or at its own initiative.
- Issue mandatory opinions on draft bills of laws, draft legislative royal decrees regulating socioeconomic and labour policy, and draft royal decrees considered by the Government to be of particular significance in this field.
- Studies and analyses issues of concern to our society on its own initiative. Its annual socioeconomic and labour report has become an essential point of reference for understanding Spain’s development and socioeconomic situation.
Bipartite plus (W, E and others)
Number of members : 61 members
Trade Union Organizations: 20 members (Group 1)
Employers Organizations: 20 members (Group 2)
20 members as follows (Group 3):
Agricultural professional organisations: 3
Maritime-fisheries sector: 3
Consumers and users: 4
Cooperative associations from the sector of social economy: 4
Experts in the social, economic and labour fields: 6
Duration of the term: 4 years renewable
Process of designating the members: The Council members are designated or proposed by the entities and associations of the different Groups and appointed by the Government at the proposal of the Minister of Labour.
The President is elected for 4 years renewable by the Government, upon proposal of the Minister of Labour and Immigration and the Minister of Economy and Finance, after consulting the different Groups of the Council. The nomination must get then a qualified majority of the voting of the members of the Plenary Assembly the Council to be effective. There are 2 Vice Presidents elected by the Plenary Assembly upon proposal of the members from Group 1 and Group 2 and from those Groups.
General Assembly and Plenary
74 employees make part of the General Secretariat.
Equal or More than 10%
Approximately 18% women
The Council is required to draw up and submit to the Government each year a Report containing the Council´s considerations on the country´s socioeconomic and labour situation.
|Productivity and competitivity|| |
Draft Bill on support for entrepreneurs and business internationalisation
Education system and human capital
|Health and Medical Policy|| |
Draft Order establishing new sets of medicinal products and their reference prices, and revising the reference prices set for previously established sets
|Environment Policy|| |
Regional development, competitiveness and social cohesion. The environment
|Financial and Economic Policies|| |
Spain’s Partnership Contract in the context of cohesion policy for 2014-2020
|Infrastructure Networks, Transport, and Energy Policies|| |
Draft Bill for a General Telecommunications Law
Common fisheries policy reform
|Legal Affairs|| |
Draft Bill on Legal Aid
|European Affairs|| |
Draft bill to guarantee market unity
|Employment policy and labour market regulation and reform|| |
Industrial Relations, Employment and Social Security
|Gender equality and anti-discrimination|| |
Ad hoc Working Commission for the socioeconomic situation of Spanish Women
|Environment Policy / Sustainable development|| |
Sectorial Policies and Environment
|Fiscal and Taxation Policies|| |
Economy and Tax Regulations
|International / Regional affairs|| |
European Single Market, Regional Development and Development Co-operation
|Others (please specify the list)|| |
Working Committee responsible for drawing the Annual Report on the socio-economic and labour situation of Spain
|Social Affairs|| |
Health Care, Consumer and Social Affairs, Education and Culture
Agriculture and Fisheries