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  • 27 Feb 2014
    EESC opinion: Quality framework for traineeships Adopted References: SOC/499 EESC-2013-8054 Referral - Rapporteur: Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 214, 8.7.2014, p. 36–39

    Traineeships have become an important gateway through which young people enter the labour market. However, although traineeships have become standard in European labour markets, their spread has been accompanied by growing concerns as to learning content and working conditions. To facilitate access to employment, traineeships should offer good quality learning content and adequate working conditions.

  • 26 Feb 2014
    Towards a more balanced territorial development Adopted References: NAT/615 EESC-2013-5165 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Staffan NILSSON (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In several Eastern and Southern EU countries there is a steady flow of young people leaving their hometowns to find work in distant cities. This is a worrisome trend. An ever-increasing global food demand will require in the near future that all agricultural surfaces be cultivated.

    To abandon large production areas is a luxury that the EU cannot afford. In order to attach young workers to their rural territories, or to bring them back if they are already gone, the availability of good job opportunities is a necessary condition but not a sufficient one. Education and health services, ICT links, even cultural activities have to reach a minimum level that makes living in these places not only acceptable but indeed attractive.



  • 26 Feb 2014
    EESC opinion: Opening up education Adopted References: SOC/493 EESC-2013-6185 Referral - Rapporteur: Lobo Xavier (Employers - GR I / Portugal) Co-rapporteur: Trantina (Various interests - GR III / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 214, 8.7.2014, p. 31–35

    The Commission launched the initiative "Opening up Education" to improve the use of Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses and the ICT infrastructure and connectivity in schools.

    The EESC agrees that the digital approach in education improves its quality and creativity. Required will be the involvement of teachers and the mobilisation of all stakeholders. The initiative must be supported by EU and national funding and coordinated by the Commission. Students' social inclusion must be ensured.

  • 22 Jan 2014
    Collaborative or participatory consumption: a sustainable model for the 21st century Adopted References: INT/686 EESC-2013-2788 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Bernardo Hernández Bataller (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Plenary Session: 495 - 21 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 177, 11.06.2014, p.1

    The opinion familiarizes the public with the phenomenon of collaborative consumption (CC). The document presents the conceptual approach and describes briefly best practices in CC. The EESC proposes also a general strategy for the sound development of CC in the EU. Given that CC covers mostly bottom-up initiatives, studies are needed before the appropriate regulations, rights and responsibilities of all the stakeholders involved can be established.

  • 21 Jan 2014
    Accessibility as a human right Adopted References: TEN/515 EESC-2013 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Vardakastanis (Various interests - GR III / Greece) Plenary Session: 495 - 21 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014

    Accessibility is not just a technical issue but a human right. The aim of this own-initiative opinion is to draw the attention of policy makers to the challenges and barriers that still exist for people with disabilities.

  • 21 Jan 2014
    EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) Adopted References: ECO/359 EESC-2014-7379 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Dimitris DIMITRIADIS (Employers - GR I / Greece) Plenary Session: 495 - 21 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 177 of 11.06.2014, p. 32

    The EESC welcomes the special attention devoted to drawing up a European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), in order to support cohesion and competitiveness in the light of challenges that cannot be satisfactorily resolved by single regions or countries through the usual means. The EESC believes that EUSAIR must adopt a comprehensive programme with an action-oriented list of projects and schemes, and strongly recommends that better use be made of the private sector's potential to attract investment (both local and international) and to create business opportunities. Simultaneously, the strategy should include a stronger social dimension, in order to better support inclusive growth in the Adriatic and Ionian region.

  • 21 Jan 2014
    EESC opinion: A strategy against the shadow economy and undeclared work Adopted References: SOC/480 EESC-2013-2138 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Palmieri (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 495 - 21 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 177, 11.06.2014, p. 9-14

    Five years into the economic and financial crisis which spread from the United States to engulf Europe, it is all the more necessary to carry out a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the shadow economy and undeclared work in the European Union. The EESC calls for the fight against the shadow economy also to look beyond EU borders and for corporate social responsibility to be applied where minimum decent working standards are lacking in third countries subcontracting for EU companies.

  • 21 Jan 2014
    New measures on the EU single market for telecoms Adopted References: TEN/534 Referral Rapporteur: Ms Anna Nietyksza (Employers - GR I / Poland) Plenary Session: 495 - 21 Jan 2014 - 22 Jan 2014 The EESC supports the European Commission's proposal for a regulation and the specific measures to accelerate the establishment of a single market for electronic communications as a basis for the dynamic and sustainable growth of all sectors of the economy and the creation of new jobs. It will also assure the high level of consumer protection.
  • 11 Dec 2013
    Payment services Adopted References: INT/711 EESC-2013-5238 Referral Rapporteur: Mr Vincent Farrugia (Employers - GR I / Malta) Plenary Session: 494 - 10 Dec 2013 - 11 Dec 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 170, 05.06.2014

    Secure, efficient, competitive and innovative electronic payments are crucial for the Internal Market in all products and services, and this has an increasing impact as the world moves beyond bricks-and-mortar trade towards e-commerce. The two Commission proposals on card-based payment transactions will introduce maximum levels of interchange fees for transactions based on consumer debit and credit cards. The EESC wants to lower the caps for both credit and debit electronic payments, and include at the same level commercial cards. The proposal strengthens consumer rights concerning international money transfers and will also promote the emergence of new players and the development of innovative mobile and internet payment systems.

  • 11 Dec 2013
    Action Plan for the European Steel Industry Adopted References: CCMI/117 EESC-2013-4522 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Rolin (Workers - GR II / Belgium) Co-rapporteur: Mr Kotowski (Various interests - GR III / Poland)

    The EESC considers the APS as a first step forward, recognising the steel sector as a strategically important sector for Europe and a motor for growth. It will be judged on the way it is implemented. Not only on medium and long term as foreseen but also on what practical measures will be immediately decided. The opinion makes specific immediate suggestions to ensure that the sector remains strategic for the European manufacturing industry and employment.

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