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  • 13 Nov 2015
    EU Enlargement Strategy Ongoing References: REX/453 Referral Rapporteur: Ionuț Sibian (Various interests - GR III / Romania)
  • 16 Oct 2015
    Establishing a european list of safe countries of origin Ongoing References: REX/457 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr José Antonio MORENO DIAZ (Workers - GR II / Spain)

    The European Commission presented a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration on 13 May 2015, outlining, in addition to the immediate measures proposed shortly thereafter by the Commission to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean, further initiatives that need to be taken to provide structural solutions for better managing migration in all its aspects.

  • 15 Oct 2015
    Future of EU's relations with ACP Group of countries (Green Paper) Ongoing References: REX/455 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Ms Brenda King (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)
  • 7 Oct 2015
    The situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region Adopted References: REX/448 Rapporteur: Ms Grace ATTARD (Various interests - GR III / Malta)

    This report is the result of the commitment of the EESC Euromed Follow-Up Committee to women issues in the region.

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is fully aware of the varying circumstances in different countries in the Mediterranean region. It is particularly aware of the conflict and instability affecting many southern Mediterranean countries. The EESC calls on the European Commission (EC) and governments of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region to develop shared solutions to these challenges – including poverty, economic challenges, conflict and terrorism – which are resulting in unacceptable suffering, especially among women.

    The central role that women play in the process of democratisation during transitional periods, when drafting national constitutions and when reforming current laws must be safeguarded and sustained through good governance in order to prevent setbacks in gender equality.

  • 17 Sep 2015
    Corporate social and societal responsibility Adopted References: REX/443 Rapporteur: Ms Evelyne Pichenot (Various interests - GR III / France)

    The Information Report can serve as a tool to promote and share the rich experience of the EU and its Member States in the area of CSR with partner countries and their civil society. It can provide a basis for discussion in EESC dialogues with partner countries, as well as the Committee's contribution to the work of the monitoring mechanisms established by the recently negotiated EU trade agreements.

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  • 17 Sep 2015
    Revision of the EU-Mexico Association Agreement Adopted References: REX/412 EESC-2015 Own-initiative Rapporteur: José Isaías Rodríguez García-Caro (Employers - GR I / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Juan Moreno Preciado (Workers - GR II / Spain)

    The EESC wishes to draw up an opinion on the revision of the agreement with Mexico, paying special attention to civil society participation in the process, i.e. consultations during the negotiations and monitoring implementation of the new agreement following its entry into force.

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  • 16 Sep 2015
    Towards an ILO convention against gender-based violence at work Adopted References: REX/445 EESC-2015 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Béatrice OUIN (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 510 - 16 Sep 2015 - 17 Sep 2015

    The workers' group at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for a proposal for the new ILO standard (convention accompanied by a recommendation) on gender-based violence at work. The ILO Governing Body at its session in November 2015 will take a decision on whether to place this item on the agenda of the International Labour Conference (ILO supreme decision making and standard setting body) for the years 2017-2018. In this context, the EESC Opinion would represent a contribution of the European civil society, including workers' representatives, to the ILO discussion on the need for a new labour standard. In the past, the EESC contributed with its Opinions to the ILO discussions on new standards on domestic workers and prohibition of forced labour.

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  • 8 Sep 2015
    Agriculture, Rural Areas and Sustainable Development in the Eastern Partnership Countries Adopted References: REX/439 EESC-2015 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Dilyana Slavova (Various interests - GR III / Bulgaria) Plenary Session: 510 - 16 Sep 2015 - 17 Sep 2015

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  • 2 Jul 2015
    Financing for development – the position of civil society Adopted References: REX/441 EESC-2015 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ivan Voleš (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 509 - 1 Jul 2015 - 2 Jul 2015

    2015 is marked as the European Year for Development (when the process of discussion for the post-Cotonou arrangements will begin to gain momentum), but also as the year where the Millenium Development Goals (defined until 2015) will give way to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To combine development and sustainability, all available resources of financing must be explored. The magnitude of this challenge is so large that all players including governments, private sector, banks, civil society organisations and development agencies must contribute to the implementation of these goals.


    This opinion should present the position, proposals and recommendations from the civil society represented in the EESC in order to bring improvements into the financing to development, including the role played by the private sector. It could also represent the EESC position vis-à-vis the Commission Communication "A Global Partnership for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development after 2015" (published on 05/02/15) as regards the financing to development.

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  • 2 Jul 2015
    TTIP and its impact on SMEs Adopted References: REX/433 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Emmanuelle Butaud-Stubbs (Employers - GR I / France) Co-rapporteur: Mr Gkofas Panagiotis (Various interests - GR III / Greece) Plenary Session: 509 - 1 Jul 2015 - 2 Jul 2015

    The own-initiative opinion will focus on the impact of the TTIP on SMEs and reflect on the provisions that would need to be included in the TTIP in order to take account of the specific character of SMEs in the negotiations and implementation of an eventual EU-US agreement. The opinion will also look at how to increase the awareness of SMEs as to existing support services and programmes, and particularly about the new business opportunities that may arise with this agreement.

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    8 pages
    The Eastern Partnership - we mean business

    The European Economic and Social Committee has been an ardent supporter of the Eastern Partnership from the very outset and the EESC's Employers' Group has continually emphasised the need to strengthen the partnership's economic dimension. An appropriate tool was needed to enable the representatives of employers, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises from the EU and its partner countries to meet and openly assess the process of convergence with the European acquis and its impact on the economic situation. This publication gathers the contributions from the organisers and strategic partners of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum, that took place in May 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

  • Published In: 2015
    4 pages
    The impact of TTIP in Malta: benefits and challenges - Summary of the debate that took place in Malta on the 9 March 2015

    The business sector in Europe believes a deep and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) can further enhance this economic relationship and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of trade and investment ties more fully.

    The document is a summary of the discussion on the Impact of the TTIP in Malta, which took place in Valletta, Malta on 9 March 2015. The meeting was organised together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

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