The third constitutional assembly of the French Republic after the National Assembly and the Senate, the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) represents key economic, social and environmental fields, promoting cooperation between different socio-professional interest groups and ensuring they are part of the process of shaping and reviewing public policy.
The ESEC has a major role to play in these times of economic, social and environmental change. It advises the government and parliament, and participates in the development of economic, social and environmental policies.
The Council is composed of public figures and representatives of the associative sector, employers and employees. Representing tens of millions of French citizens, the ESEC is at the heart of major social issues and develops new proposals relating to the key topics that will have an impact upon our lives today and tomorrow.
The Palais d'Iéna itself is composed of all of Auguste Perret's technical and architectural innovations, showing that combining simple shapes such as rectangles, triangles and circles, it is possible to create new and elegant forms.
All of Perret's works, especially the Palais d'Iéna, are inspired by the notion of 'sovereign shelter' , which according to Perret was 'a group of noble facades designed to challenge changes and fashions, behind which can be threatened, over the years, all the provisions that one will wish according to the needs of the moment'.
The Palais d'Iéna was built between 1937 and 1946. It has successively been the home of the Musée de Travaux Public (Museum of Public Works) from 1939 to 1956, then briefly the Assemblée de l'Union Française (Assembly of the French Union), and finally the ESEC since 1959. A listed historical monument since 1993, the Palais d'Iéna houses numerous works: mosaics and sculptures by Martial Raysse, tapestries from the Aubusson and Gobelins tapestry manufacturers, frescos by Jean Souverbie and more.
- Art déco
- Arts décoratifs
- Salles (autres)
- Salles de réception
- Salons privés
Epoque des collections
- Modernisme (XXe)
- Contemporain (XXe - XXIe)
Services and facilities of the establishment
- Educational activities
- Visitor tools
- Free Wifi
Documentation in a foreign language
Educational activitiesVisits for school groups
Prices and times
Entrance fees and modalities
Group tourVisits are free.
Closing timesSaturday, Sunday
Sustainable development approach
The ESEC makes sustainable development a strategic priority and endeavours to act as a major player in respecting environmental, economic and social issues, which is reflected in its aims and operation. In this regard and in accordance with ESEC's sustainable development action plan, the events and audiences it welcomes should commit to eco-friendly approaches as part of the development of the Palais d’Iéna. The ESEC also asks event organizers to comply with its green events charter. The measures proposed in this charter tackles lajor sustainable development issues with concrete, realistic propositions. To integrate these into the organization of an event at the Palais d'Iéna, the organizer must encourage their ethical and respectful implementation in regards to the personnel and participants involved.
Offer adapted to disabled visitors
- Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
- Free admission for the accompanying person