SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COUNCIL (SER)

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SOCIAAL-ECONOMISCHE RAAD (SER)
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COUNCIL (SER)

A central advisory body governed by public law and of tripartite composition, created under Article 1 of the 1950 Organization of Business and Industry Act. It nowadays comprises 11 representatives appointed by the employers' confederations , 11 representatives appointed by the trade union confederations and 11 (independent) members appointed by the Crown.

The Act charged the Council with a number of tasks, the most important of which is to act as a permanent advisory body to the government on matters including social and economic policy. Article 41 obliges Ministers to consult the Council before adopting any major measures in the social and economic domain, but Ministers themselves bear ultimate responsibility for their own actions and are accordingly not bound to follow the Council's advice. In practice, however, this advice exerts considerable influence on government policy, particularly when it is unanimous.

Alongside its advisory role to the government, as the top-level consultation body in the institutionalized system of public-law organization of business and industry the Social and Economic Council has powers of intervention in regard to the industrial associations .


Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.