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  • 23 May 2017
    Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation Ongoing References: SOC/552 Referral Rapporteur: Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Co-rapporteur: Babrauskienė (Workers - GR II / Lithuania)

    The EESC has been asked by the European Commission to contribute to the EC's mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme. In this context, two questionnaires were widely disseminated by the EESC in the member states and four fact-finding missions have been organised. The EESC also held an expert hearing to collect the views of specialised civil society organisations. An information report has been drafted containing the results of this exercise, accompanied by a detailed technical appendix containing important data on the awareness and perception of the programme. The aim of this evaluation was to provide information to the EC on the experience of civil society organisations with the enlarged and improved programme.

    According to the information report it is necessary: to better disseminate information and to increase awareness within national political circles; to review the lump sum system and travel rates; to recognize the experiences acquired; to improve the participation of civil society at the programme management level; and to ensure that background, disability or geographical location are not obstacles to participation.

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    Information memo: Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation

  • 27 Apr 2017
    European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS) Adopted References: SOC/556 EESC-2016-06889-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC considers the intention to create ETIAS as a currently inevitable step corresponding to the threats caused by external and internal circumstances. ETIAS should be based on the right balance between risks and safety, at the same time avoiding increased administrative burdens and barriers for people travelling to the EU. The Committee stresses that ETIAS should fully respect the fundamental rights of applicants and avoid any discrimination. All data gathered by the system must be protected and access to it should be strictly limited. All applicants should be allowed to use the services of intermediaries to obtain the travel authorisation, if needed. However, the costs charged by these intermediaries for their services should be monitored and evaluated by EU delegations in the third countries.

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  • 30 Mar 2017
    Financing of civil society organisations by the EU Ongoing References: SOC/563 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Roirant (Various interests - GR III / France)

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    Information memo: Financing of civil society organisations by the EU

  • 30 Mar 2017
    Eurofound, Cedefop & EU-OSHA Regulations Adopted References: SOC/550 EESC-2016-05685-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Schweng (Employers - GR I / Austria) Co-rapporteur: Barbucci (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 524 - 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In the context of the revision of the founding regulations of the three agencies EUROFOUND, CEDEFOP and EU-OSHA, the Committee expresses its views on general principles governing these bodies and puts forward specific comments for each agency. The EESC warmly welcomes the fact that the balanced, tripartite structure of the management board is to be maintained. The Committee considers that tripartism is the expression of an inclusive approach, which respects the importance of the role of the social partners in seeking joint solutions. The EESC believes that the overall objectives of the three agencies should be uniformly and more comprehensively defined as to "support the needs of all EU institutions and bodies, Member States and Social Partners". Finally, the Committee puts forwards its views on other issues such as the nomination of the executive director, the powers relating to staff appointments, the post of a deputy director and the reduction of the number of members of the executive board.

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  • 28 Mar 2017
    Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities Ongoing References: SOC/562 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Samm (Employers - GR I / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania)

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    Information memo: Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities

  • 28 Mar 2017
    The role and opportunities of social partners and other civil society organisations in the context of new forms of work Ongoing References: SOC/561 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Salis-Madinier (Workers - GR II / France) Co-rapporteur: Ahtela (Employers - GR I / Finland)
  • 22 Feb 2017
    New skills agenda Adopted References: SOC/546 EESC-2016-04474-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Co-rapporteur: Babrauskienė (Workers - GR II / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC welcomes the New Skills Agenda for Europe. However, it wishes to see more innovative solutions in the fields of education and skills development, as Europe needs a genuine paradigm shift in the goals and functioning of the education sector. The EESC considers that helping individuals to acquire a minimum set of skills is not enough, and that it is crucial to ensure that a Skills Guarantee becomes a guaranteed pathway that enables people to advance and reach the highest achievable level of skills. The Committee calls for more focus on social and gender perspectives, non-formal and informal learning and entrepreneurship as a life skill. It also regrets the lack of new financing to back up the Agenda and encourages more dialogue with organised civil society.

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  • 22 Feb 2017
    Funding effectiveness / fighting poverty and social exclusion Adopted References: SOC/537 EESC-2016-00747-00-01-ac-tra Own-initiative Rapporteur: Balon (Various interests - GR III / Poland) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC advocates the creation of an integrated European fund to combat poverty and social exclusion, based on the experiences of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The current use of the ESF and the FEAD in the Member States should be monitored more effectively and the process should involve civil society organisations. Member States should make greater use of global grants and regranting, and treat in-kind contributions on an equal footing with financial contributions. A greater share of the resources allocated to operational programmes should be earmarked for projects with smaller budgets. The EESC is ready to develop – in cooperation with CSOs – a consultation platform to ensure better coordination of ESF and FEAD interventions and to enable discussion on the basic principles of a future integrated EU fund.

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  • 22 Feb 2017
    High quality education for all Adopted References: SOC/555 EESC-2016-05262-00-00-ac-tra Exploratory Opinion - Rapporteur: Rizzo (Various interests - GR III / Malta) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC is pleased that the Maltese Presidency has chosen "High quality education for all" as an priority theme. However, the EESC fears that the value of this initiative could be lost when austerity measures still apply to many of our societies, hindering them to fully benefit from high quality education. Europe should not forget the essential role played by high quality education for all in building up a European society committed to upholding fundamental rights and values.

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  • 26 Jan 2017
    Matrimonial matters/matters of parental responsibility/ international child abduction (Brussels IIa) Adopted References: SOC/549 EESC-2016-05280-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Bäumler (Workers - GR II / Germany) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 125, 21.4.2017, p. 46–50

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    EESC opinion: Matrimonial matters/matters of parental responsibility/ international child abduction (Brussels IIa)

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