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Civil society organisations have been at the forefront of fighting the pandemic in Europe, often stepping in at a moment's notice to plug huge gaps in the public provision of social services and healthcare. Meeting remotely with the EESC on 12 May, they asked to be at the table with EU institutions and governments to help design a recovery plan for a sustainable Europe.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has welcomed the Commission's proposal on revised employment guidelines for Member States, but asked for the guidelines to be adapted to take account of the looming employment and social crisis caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and to help cushion its adverse effects on Europe's labour markets.

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In einem Bericht des EWSA wird die Situation der Pflege durch im Haushalt lebende Fachkräfte als untragbar beschrieben. Die Arbeitsbedingungen der Pflegekräfte grenzen oft an reine Ausbeutung, und die Pflegebedürftigen gelangen nur schwer an eine erschwingliche und hochwertige Pflege. Diese Zustände sind das Ergebnis mangelnder staatlicher Unterstützung für die Pflegebranche sowie von Desinteresse seitens der Politik.


On 19 February, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a debate with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the future of work and the European Pillar of Social Rights, with the purpose of exploring further avenues for cooperation and stepping up efforts to make the rapidly changing world of work fair, decent and inclusive for the generations to come.