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Vedtaget on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
SOC/610-EESC-2018
Plenarforsamling: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

Gender equality is not only a human rights issue; it is a social and economic necessity for the EU, its Member States and businesses, as it hugely impacts on sustainable growth and GDP, while allowing to use the potential of 51% of the EU population. The EU needs to elevate gender equality to a stand-alone goal with a binding strategy, centred in the following measures: fighting the economic inequality affecting women and the current backlash of their rights; ratifying and implementing the Istanbul Convention on all forms of violence against women (including harassment); addressing once and for all gendered stereotypes, namely through the media; and supporting civil society organisations working for greater gender equality.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 21/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/874-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion presents the EESC’s views on the gaps in the current system and indicates potential measures for a European wide push for digital up-skilling of health and care workers, and also for policies that prevent further digital divides by addressing skill gaps in the population at large. This own-initiative opinion is in part a follow-up to the own-initiative opinion entitled "Towards digital health".

Udvalgets udtalelse: Digital health literacy (own initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 21/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Vedtaget on 21/03/2019
Reference: 
NAT/754-EESC-2018-05760
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the hormonal system and, as a consequence, negatively affect the health of humans and animals. With this Communication, the Commission is updating its approach on EDCs  for the years to come, building on the increased knowledge, experience gained and results achieved in the twenty years since the adoption of the Community Strategy on endocrine disruptors.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Towards a more comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors

Vedtaget on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SC/52-EESC-2018-5821
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion tables proposals on how to enhance the European project and bring it closer to its citizens.

Udvalgets udtalelse: The Future of the EU: Benefits to citizens and respect for European values (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Vedtaget on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/605-EESC-2018
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Liberal democracy relies on civil liberties and a pluralistic civil society, but considerable political forces in today's Europe are challenging liberal democracy. The social, political and legal framework must allow for a pluralistic civil society. Strong social partners and civil society are needed to defend EU values. The EESC calls for the creation of a Democracy Semester, a European control mechanism, corrective economic measures for non-respect of fundamental EU values, the creation of a European statute for CSOs, or interinstitutional CSO authorisation and, tax incentives to support civil society. Burning social questions must be tackled, ensuring social sustainability and inclusive education.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Resilient Democracy through a strong and diverse civil society (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The key to maximising the positive impact of standardisation is to develop synergies inside the European standardisation system, taking into account also the international dimension and the inclusiveness of standardisation.

Udvalgets udtalelse: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2019 (Communication)

Vedtaget on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/617-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

In this opinion, the Committee endorses, without comments, the Commission's proposal on the resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative.

The objective of the proposal is to adapt the amounts of resources available for economic, social and territorial cohesion set out in Article 91(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/20131, the amount of resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative ('YEI') set out in Article 92(5) of that Regulation and the annual breakdown of commitment appropriations reflected in Annex VI of that Regulation to reflect the increase of the resources of the YEI, in line with the adopted budget for 2019. More specifically, commitment appropriations for the specific allocation for the YEI should be increased by an amount of EUR 116,7 million in current prices, bringing the overall amount for 2019 up to EUR 350 million.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative (Amendment)

Vedtaget on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/879-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

A European standardisation system that functions well contributes to overall economic growth, supports innovation and global competitiveness of the European industry. It also helps to ensure that the levels of safety, health and consumer and environmental protection set out in Union legislation are met in practice. It also facilitates market access while contributing to a continuous deepening of the Single Market and providing the necessary legal certainty.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market

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