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Euro-glossary Monday, 30 April, 2001, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK
Ecosoc
The Economic and Social Committee is a consultative body made up of interest groups.

Ecosoc's members are drawn from organisations such as trade unions, consumer groups, farmers' unions and employers' associations. Each member state is given a weighted quota of members.

When the European Commission drafts new EU legislation, it is obliged in many areas to ask Ecosoc's opinion before putting it forward to the Council of Ministers and European Parliament for decision.

According to Ecosoc, two-thirds of its proposals become part of final legislation.

Although Ecosoc has no formal powers, it carries considerable influence and also advises the Council of Ministers and European Parliament.

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