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social dialogue

The far-reaching changes in the world of work, such as the blurring of the previously well-defined roles of employers and workers and the rise in the number of workers in precarious employment, make it imperative for the role of social dialogue and collective bargaining to be acknowledged and strengthened, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said in a recent exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian presidency and adopted at the EESC's last plenary session in September.


Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing

The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard this month at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Consumer financial services

How to boost consumer confidence in cross-border financial services was the main focus of the EESC's opinion on the European Commission's proposed Action Plan for consumer financial services. A key role for local retail banks, regulation of non-European Internet giants and simple, "flagship" products accessible across borders were the EESC's key recommendations to build consumer trust in the single market.


Looking back at the achievements of the Maltese Presidency and in particular at the progress made by the business community – this was the focus of a debate during the last Employers' Group meeting on 20 September, with the participation of the Employers' Group members and the presidents of the three major Maltese employers' organisations.


Challenges of future work will be best tackled through strong social policies and education, says EESC

Social security and avoidance of poverty must be given high priority in the face of the digital revolution, which will give rise to many new forms of work while providing both higher flexibility and more uncertainty for workers and employers, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warned in a recent opinion.


It is essential to involve civil society in the transition to an inclusive green economy

The last meeting of the EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) took place on the 3 October in Belgrade. The JCC's  members discussed the current state of play and the work ahead in Serbia's accession negotiations to the EU. Since the last JCC meeting, Serbia has opened Chapter 7 (Intellectual property law) and Chapter 29 (Customs union), which brings the number of chapters open to ten. The JCC encouraged the Serbian authorities to continue working on ensuring the respect for the rule of law, fundamental rights, judicial reform and the fight against corruption.  ...


Member States must find an equitable and balanced formula, urges the EESC

Multinational companies are subject to different tax rules across the European Union. This, together with the use of aggressive tax planning results in lower tax revenues for EU Member States, which affects public revenue, and therefore – ultimately – European citizens.


"The social economy is the future, and I am proud of the work that has been done at the EESC while we are on the right track at the level of the European Commission as well", Georges Dassis declared during the 9th ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) that was co-organised with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Economy in Luxembourg.