European Economic and Social committee
On 9 July 2014, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a plenary session to debate completion of economic and monetary union.
The EESC is - alongside the Committee of the Regions - one of the two main "consultative" bodies of the European Union.
It must be consulted during the legislative passage of draft legislation on topics including social policies, industry, trans-European networks, structural funds and economic cohesion.
It is made up of employers associations, trade unions, and various interest groups such as farmers organisations or consumer groups.
The debate was addressed by former French finance minister Edmond Alphandery, and Peter Bofinger from the German Council of Economic Experts.