Date of entry: July 2, 1999
Member of AICESIS
Member of ILO
These last years, the Council has reinforced its authority as equal reference institution with regard to the implementation of inter professional agreements, which in principle are concluded every 2 years and which define the social diary for the interoccupational social dialogue. For more details, please see the CNT website www.cnt-nar.be as well as the CESlink gate.
Functioning of the ESC
The committees, whose tasks are decided by the executive board, carry out preliminary studies, according to the nature of problems to be examined.
There are more than 90 committees, some are quasi-permanent and meet regularly, e.g.: Committee of Individual Labour Relations, Committee of Social Security, Committee of Collective Labour Relations,
When issues of common interests with the Central Economic Council are examined, joint committees are set up.
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Date of creation
May 29 1952
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)
Other attributions besides its advisory function:
1. To conclude collective bargaining agreements: more than 90% are legally binding
2. Arbitration between branches of industry
3. Consultation within the framework of the International Labour Organization
4. Consultation for fields treated in the EU level: employment, labour right and social security
Bipartite plus (W, E and others)
The Council is composed of 26 members (and 26 substitutes):
They are appointed by the King on presentation of the most representatives interoccupational employers' and workers' organizations.
Duration of the term : 4 years renewable
The President is appointed by the King, after an informal consultation of the members, among the independent persons qualified in social fields. The duration of his mandate is unlimited. There are 4 Vice-Presidents appointed by the Council for 4 years.
General Assembly and Plenary
The Secretary-general and the Deputy Secretary-general are also appointed by the King. A Secretariat with about 36 employees provides logistic and administrative support.
Equal or More than 10%
Approximately 19% women
Ministry of labour
Minister of Employment
Ministry of Social affairs
Souce of funding
The budget is drawn up by the Council. The Council receives yearly a endowment written in the budget of SPF Employment, Labour and Social Consultation.
|Who convenes the ESC||
The Government or the Legislative Chambers consult the Council but it has also a legal right to issue own-initiative opinion.
There is no official publication, excepted for some studies.
|Social Security and social protection|| |
Simplification of the reduction of social security modes of contribution
|Fundamental principles and rights at work|| |
Introduction of a right for breastfeeding breaks
|Employment policy and labour market regulation|| |
Simplification and modernization of the social administration for employers
|Health and Medical Policy|| |
The implementation of a preventive alcohol and drugs policy in the enterprises
|Social Dialogue and tripartism|| |
|Social Affairs|| |
Social criminal law