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"Decent income and vocational training must be provided to all those who will be affected by the negative effects of the transition to a green economy, with a view to enhance their employability in the new green industries. Thus, the involvement of the social partners and civil society organisations is absolutely essential", Georges Dassis emphasised in his speech delivered at the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference.


"With its 12 million inhabitants, the Roma are the largest ethnic minority in the EU, but also one of the most disadvantaged. Many of them face prejudice, intolerance and discrimination and often live in very unfavorable socio-economic conditions", Georges Dassis declared at the conference on Roma entrepreneurship, which was co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee together with ERIO (European Roma Information Office) and took place in the EESC premises on 8 June 2017.


The EEA Consultative Committee (EEA CC) adopted two resolutions, on the Social Dimension of the EEA and the European Pillar of Social Rights, and on Digitalisation and its impact on jobs and skills. In the first resolution, the EEA CC underlines that the social dimension of the Internal Market and the initiatives under the European Pillar of Social Rights are also ...


The EESC is an important piece of the decision-making process in Europe, ensuring that decisions are taken with merit and adding a special value to European legislation, the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said on Wednesday. Addressing the EESC plenary, where she discussed her work and activities with the EESC members, O'Reilly said the ombudsman and the EESC shared "a privilege of this vital closeness to citizens". "We both can listen to citizens' concerns and we...


EESC member Daniel Mareels, rapporteur on banking and capital market issues, participated in a debate on "EU Banking Policy and Proportionality" in relation to the 2016 banking reform package. The organisers were pleading in favour of more proportionality in the banking regulation, to bring small and non complex banks on an equal footing. The debate also showed that it is a very difficult and complex issue. Furthermore, the situation in Europe is not homogenious, which makes it probably even more difficult to obtain concrete results.


The European Commission should carry out an impact assessment of a possible inclusion of substances which are toxic for reproduction in the scope of its Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD), the EESC said at its May plenary session. While welcoming the opening of a three-fold process to revise the CMD for the first time in more than 10 years, the EESC recommended that the last batch of the revision, planned for 2018, should pay greater attention to...


EESC supports Common Internal Market of Defence Industry

It is essential for the EU to continue pursuing preventive and multilateral diplomacy, but at the same time Europe needs to strengthen its military defence capabilities in order to guarantee freedom and peace in Europe, says the EESC.