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  • 2 Jul 2015
    Financing for development – the position of civil society Adopted References: REX/441 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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  • 30 Jun 2015
    EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020) Ongoing References: REX/452 Referral - Rapporteur: Ms. Brenda King (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)
  • 23 Jun 2015
    Towards a new European neighbourhood policy Adopted References: REX/447 EESC-2015 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Gintaras Morkis (Employers - GR I / Lithuania) Co-rapporteur: Mr Cristian Pîrvulescu (Various interests - GR III / Romania)

    The Neighbourhood policy is high on the agenda of the EESC's external relations priorities. This opinion will provide the contribution of the Committee to this consultation process as a first step, to be followed by a reaction to the Commission document that will be issued in the 2nd semester of 2015.


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  • 29 May 2015
    Review of the EU Trade Policy Ongoing References: REX/449 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Jonathan Peel (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)
  • 28 May 2015
    How media is used to influence social and political processes in the EU and Eastern neighbouring countries Adopted References: REX/432 EESC-2015-7333 Rapporteur: Indrė Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 508 - 27 May 2015 - 28 May 2015

    The recent flow of disinformation in Europe, following the crisis in Ukraine, has underlined the need to consider the influence it has on social and political processes in the EU and the Eastern neighbouring countries. The impact caused by disinformation is often underestimated, as heavily funded disinformation is being spread not only via media, but also through cultural channels and public figures; its presence is strong and influential in the lives of European citizens, especially in Eastern Europe.

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  • 27 May 2015
    Investor protection and investor to State dispute settlement in EU trade and investment agreements with third countries Adopted References: REX/411 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Sandy Boyle (Workers - GR II / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 508 - 27 May 2015 - 28 May 2015

    Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the investment policy is an exclusive competence of the European Union. The EU is aiming to include therefore in the new trade and investment agreements provisions on investor protection and investor to state dispute settlement (ISDS) which will replace existing Bilateral Investment Agreements (BIT) signed by Member States and will grant the same level of protection to all EU investors.

    Despite the fact that most of the BITs singed by Member States include provisions on ISDS, the fact that the mandate unanimously given by EU Member States to the European Commission in June 2013 on TTIP includes the possibility for the European Commission to negotiate ISDS provisions in the Transatlantic trade and investment agreement (TTIP) provoked unprecedented public interest. In response to this interest the European Commission launched a public consultation on Investor protection and ISDS in the TTIP. Similar provisions are also currently negotiated with Japan and have been negotiated with Canada. Negotiations on an investment agreement with China is also under negotiation. Therefore, it is important to prepare an opinion of the Committee on this subject in order to define the Committee policy on investment protection and ISDS in trade and investment agreement.

    The objective is also to evaluate if this mechanism should be included in all investment agreements and ensure that if investment protection and ISDS provisions are included in new agreements , they represents an improvement in comparison to the  provisions in existing BIT and clearly guarantees the right of governments to legislate in the public interest while also protecting the rights of investors. It is also important to clarify how the system will be more transparent and will prevent any unjustified abuses of the ISDS.

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  • 16 Apr 2015
    Towards an ILO convention against gender-based violence at work Ongoing References: REX/445 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Béatrice OUIN (Workers - GR II / France)

    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.

  • 10 Apr 2015
    Energy - a factor for development and a deeper accession process in the Western Balkans Ongoing References: REX/440 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Pierre Jean Coulon (Workers - GR II / France)
  • 20 Mar 2015
    Revision of the EU-Mexico Association Agreement Ongoing References: REX/412 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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    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.

  • Published In: 2015
    6 pages
    The EESC and Latin America

    The EESC’s activities in Latin America takes place in the framework of European Union (EU) policy on the region and, more specifically, through the strategic partnership between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), negotiations on association agreements with Central America, Mexico, Chile and Mercosur, the free trade agreement with Peru and Colombia and the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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