Many European countries have social and economic councils and similar institutes. At the European level, there is the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The EESC and the national social and economic councils in Europe exchange information by means of the portal CESlink.
Social and economic councils also exist outside Europe. These councils cooperate within the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS). The association has members in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.