Focusing on social inclusion of young people, helping them to develop self-confidence, a sense of identity and belonging, and teaching them how to think critically are among the most important elements of successfully preventing youth radicalisation, a panel held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) heard in Brussels last week.
The rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) should be included in the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global compact for Migration, the two intergovernmental agreements covering the international response to refugees and migrations, it was suggested at an event held on the margins of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (COSP) co-hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
The social economy's primary objective is to generate economic activity at the same time as meeting and addressing the needs of workers, users and consumers, rather than owners and investors. Based on solidarity-inspired criteria, it makes a major contribution to improving the living and working conditions of millions of people. The social economy in its various business forms - cooperatives, associations, foundations, mutual societies, social economy enterprises (SEEs), etc. - plays an active role, for instance in agricultural production, manufacturing finance and micro-finance, the supply of clean water, housing, the labour market integration of people with disabilities, youth employment and women's rights, etc.
The new Commission proposal seeks to provide clarity and assurances with regard to benefits to which workers working abroad are entitled, but some of the issues have not been adequately addressed, the EESC says.
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is moving forward! The EESC and the European Commission have launched an open call for expressions of interest with a view to composing its coordination group.
The labour market of the future will look for workers with digital and entrepreneurial skills and will also seek creativity. As a result ...
Imposing the burden of State aid notification on providers of services of general economic interest (SGEIs) for public compensation overt 15 million EUR a year is excessive, says the EESC in a recently adopted opinion which encourages the Commission to remove the threshold based on an extensive study of the Member States' implementation reports.
EU Customs Union crucial in the fight against counterfeiting
The production of counterfeit goods is on the rise. While it is still considered an external phenomenon, the production of counterfeit goods is also increasing in EU Member States. Criminal networks, already experienced in fraud, document forgery, tax evasion or human trafficking, see counterfeiting as a profitable business, with lower risks and the advantage of lower transport costs and circumventing customs controls. ...
Creating a positive narrative for the EU, strengthening its economic foundations, fostering its social dimension, facilitating the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy and empowering and involving Civil Society. These are the main messages of the contribution of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to the European Commission's 2018 Work Programme.