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Igangværende (updated on 15/07/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenarforsamling: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Against a background of rising poverty levels during the crisis, levels that remain high in many Member States, in particular among the unemployed, this own-initiative opinion would address the huge differences in levels of protection under national unemployment insurance systems within the EU.
Possible standards in this respect could be:

  • a minimum standard for the net replacement rate of unemployment benefits;
  • a minimum standard of coverage ratio of unemployed people receiving unemployment payments;
  • a minimum standard for the duration of unemployment benefit entitlement;
  • a right to (re)qualification and training

With the objective of promoting upward social convergence within the EU, the proposal for such standards is a concrete step towards effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights recently announced by the EU institutions in Gothenburg.

Information memo: Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States – a concrete step towards the effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 04/07/2019)
Reference: 
INT/885-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

This own-initiative opinion should answer following questions: Could the EU Single Market benefit from such a technology and how ? What steps could be taken to ensure that EU, its Single Market and its citizens benefit fully from this technology?

It could also reflect on whether and how using blockchain as an overarching infrastructure, in other European policies, could reinforce the European values of the Single Market and make it even more cohesive and democratic.

Information memo: Blockchain and the EU Single Market: what next? (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 07/06/2019)
Reference: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Information memo: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 18/04/2019)
Reference: 
INT/823-EESC

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

Igangværende (updated on 01/03/2019)
Reference: 
/-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-05706-00-00-PAC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

Statute and funding of European political parties and foundations

Vedtaget on 26/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/626-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The Commission launched a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting (QMV) in social policy to render decision-making more flexible and efficient. The EESC supports the transition to QMV in the areas of non-discrimination, social security and protection of workers, as well as for employment conditions of third-country nationals.

EESC opinion: More efficient decision-making in social policy: Identification of areas for an enhanced move to qualified majority voting

Vedtaget on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/614-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

EESC opinion: The European Pillar of Social Rights – evaluation of the initial implementation and recommendations for the future (own-initiative opinion)

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