European Economic and Social Committee: Obligation of diligence

Committed to European construction, the EESC contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and efficiency of the European Union (EU) by enabling civil society organizations in the Member States to express their opinions at European level.

The EESC performs three essential missions:

contribute to ensuring that European policies and legislation are better adapted to economic, social and civic realities by assisting the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission thanks to the experience of its members, their representativeness, dialogue and research into consensus by favoring the general interest;
promote the development of a European Union that is more participatory and closer to citizens by being the institutional forum for representation, information, expression and dialogue of organized civil society;
promote the values which constitute the foundation of European construction and advance, in Europe as in the whole world, democracy, participatory democracy and the role of civil society organizations


The EESC says that the time has come for the European Commission to propose legislation establishing a binding duty of care ('duty of care'), which recognizes the liability arising from the standards in force and provides a clear and secure legal framework for European companies. It is important to ensure that victims of human rights violations related to business activities have guaranteed access to courts and administrative authorities as well as to fair procedures.

Virginie Gastine Menou

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