Employers’ Group picks Malosse
By Gaspard Sebag | Wednesday 11 July 2012
The Employers’ Group (I) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which gets the presidency on a rotating basis, elected, on 11 July, Henri Malosse to the post from April 2013 onward. Malosse beat his only rival, Philippe de Buck, by 65 votes to 37. The future EESC president’s aim is to radically reform the committee’s working methods to make it more efficient.
Getting the committee’s voice to be heard in order to become a key player will be Malosse’s single greatest challenge during his two-and-a-half-year term. “I want us to shove the [EU] institutions around,” he told
Europoliticsshortly after his election. Malosse, head of the Employers’ Group since October 2006, wants to depart from the image of “nice” EESC to become one that speaks loud and clear. He sees three ways to get there: greater anticipation, better evaluation and moving from an opinion-based logic to one of projects. The Frenchman, at the committee for the past 17 years, no doubt wants to grapple back some of its former influence, slowly trimmed by the European Parliament, casting a long shadow upon the EESC and other non-institutional interest representatives, such as lobbies and NGOs.