Fabian Demicoli

The European Economic and Social Committee

 So much has been said lately about the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) by people who, though they ought to know better, fail however to give the public a true and correct dimension of what is the EESC. More especially what the Employers Group (Group I) exactly is. Group I President – Mr Hanri Malosse, is in the best position to explain what is the Employers Group at EESC.


"The members of the Employers Group (Group I) come from private and public industrial sectors, small businesses, chambers of commerce, the wholesale and retail trades, banking and insurance, transport and agriculture.

Group I keeps in regular contact with BUSINESSEUROPE (Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe), CEEP (European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation), EUROCHAMBRES (Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry), and           EUROCOMMERCE (Retail, Wholesale and International Trade Representation), as well as on an ad hoc basis with the numerous sectoral industry organisations at European level" – EESC Bridge Publication –  Mr Farrugia is in fact a Board member of EuroCommerce.

As from next September GRTU's Director General Vince Farrugia will be representing Maltese enterprise owners at EESC as member of Group I. Vince Farrugia will also continue with his duties as Director General at GRTU.

In addition to this we would also like to clarify that "Members are not paid for their work with the EESC (though their travel and accommodation costs are covered when they attend), and they normally carry on with their regular activities in their home country" – EESC Discover Publication.

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