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Economic and Social Council

Economic and Social Council

Date of entry: July 2, 1999

Member of AICESIS

Member of ILO

 

 

 

Contacts

Institutional characteristics

Establishment
Date of creation
July 2 1997
Year operational
1997
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)
Law no. 248 / 19 July 2013 on the organizing and running of the Economic and Social Council. It is envisaged by the Constitution, reviewed on October 29 2003 (article 141).
Mandate

Consultation and advisory

The Economic and Social Council is an advisory body of the Parliament and Government of Romania in the fields of competence established by law.

The Economic and Social Council is an autonomous tripartite public institution of national interest, set up for the purpose of achieving the tripartite dialogue at national level between employers, trade unions and representatives of the associations and NGOs of the civil society.

The Economic and Social Council is consulted as binding on draft acts initiated by the Government or on legislative proposals of deputies and senators. The result of this consultation is embodied into opinions on draft laws.
Composition

Bipartite plus (W, E and others)

Number of members : The ESC Plenary Session has a structure consisting of 45 members including the President and the Vice-presidents.

The nomination of the members of the Economic and Social Council is made as follows:
a) 15 members nominated by the employers’ confederations representative at national level;

b) 15 members nominated by the trade union confederations representative at national level;

c) 15 members representing the civil society appointed by decision of the Prime Minister, on proposal of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly according to the provisions of Art.12; they are representatives of cooperative structures, professions, consumer protection organizations, scientific and academic community, farmers organizations, organizations of retired people, local community organizations, associations representing families and people with disabilities and other NGOs within the ESC field of competence.

There are 28 full time officials in the Council Secretariat.

Duration of the term: The Economic and Social Council’s Plenary serves for a 4-year term.

Process of designating the members (election, nomination, by whom, etc.):
Each trade union and employers’ confederation represented at national level has the right to one seat within the ESC Plenary Session. The distribution of the other vacant seats associated with each trade union and employers’ confederations up to number of 15 members for each party is made by consensus and, in case of disagreement, by a vote in each party with a three-fourths majority in the total number of confederations.
Each trade union and employers’ confederation representative at national level as well as each civil society organization, which holds one or more seats in the ESC Plenary nominates the person or, as appropriate, the persons representing it within the Economic and Social Council.

Management organes

Presidium

President and the Vice-presidents

General Assembly and Plenary

Plenary Session

Secretariat

Bureau
Reporting Institution

Government

Parliament

Functioning

Who convenes the ESC

The Economic and Social Council is consulted as binding on draft acts initiated by the Government or on legislative proposals of deputies and senators. The result of this consultation is embodied into opinions on draft laws.

The Economic and Social Council may issue opinions and recommendations on its own initiative or on referral at the request of any representative public authority or employers’ and trade union organisation, on economic and social state of facts, evolutions or economic and social events of national interest.

Other

Affiliations : AICESIS – UCESIF

Main technical areas of competencies

Labour Law reform

labour relations and wage policy

Social Security and social protection

social protection

Employment policy and labour market regulation

cooperatives, professions and self-employed;

Education

education, research and culture

Health and Medical Policy

health policies

Financial and Economic Policies

economic policies

financial policies

Fiscal and Taxation Policies

fiscal policies

Youth Employment

The Economic and Social Council held together with the Union of the Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions of the Governments of the Member States of the Francophonie, UCESIF, a seminar entitled "Youth and dynamics of change in the francophone area: the role of social networks", in Bucharest, in May 2013.

Agriculture

agriculture, rural development and environment

Social Affairs

consumer protection and loyal competition

Civil Society

rights and freedoms of non-governmental associations and foundations

Culture

Sub-committees/working groups

Social Dialogue and tripartism

Section for Industrial Relations and Wage Policy

Employment policy and labour market regulation and reform

Section for Cooperation, Professions and Independent Activities

Health and Medical Policy / Social Security and social protection

Section for Social Inclusion and Social Security

Financial and Economic Policies

Section for Economic Development, Competition and Business Environment

Civil Society

Section for Rights and Freedoms of the non-governmental associations and foundations;

Others (please specify the list)

Section for Public Administration and Public Order

Social Affairs

Section for Consumer Protection and Loyal Competition

Agriculture

Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment