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verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
REX/532-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Key points

Global supply chains (GSC) are key and complex in economic activities across the world and in global trade. Economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship are also contested by evidence of negative implications for working conditions as well as for sustainability in some supply chains.

The COVID-19 crisis has unveiled the serious downfalls related to highly fragmented and undiversified supply chains. It exposed the vulnerability of workers' health and safety, and it highlighted violations of human rights. Trade will have to play a key role in promoting a sustainable economic recovery. However, stronger instruments need to deliver on a socially and environmentally responsible business, trade and investment agenda.

GSC need to become more resilient, diversified and responsible, and ambitious actions need to ensure they contribute to a fairer economic and social model, based on sustainability and decent work.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Sustainable supply chains and decent work in international trade (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
SOC/632-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

This exploratory opinion was requested by the European Parliament with a view to a forthcoming Commission initiative on fair minimum wages. The question of Decent minimum wages across Europe is a complex and sensitive issue. It is important that any EU action is based on accurate analysis and understanding of the situation and sensitivities in the Member States and fully respects the social partners' role and autonomy, as well as the different industrial relations models.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Decent minimum wages across Europe

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
ECO/514-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU (Germany), aims to further discuss and analyze the policy objective 1 under the Common Provisions Regulation for cohesion policy that refers to '' a smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation''. In this context, the Presidency has asked the EESC to provide an opinion on how the structural measures and cohesion policy programmes can help in this process. The Presidency plans to present the key findings of this discussion in a High-level conference that will take place on 29th of September where also the opinion of EESC will be discussed. 

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: The role of EU structural and cohesion policy in driving forward the transformation of the economy in an innovative and smart manner (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
TEN/705-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC recommends that the Commission encourage all decision-making authorities to: create the conditions for access to energy for all, reduce energy poverty, and gather qualitative and gender-specific data with appropriate indicators; strengthen and enforce existing legislation; provide for a targeted policy on gender equality in the energy sector.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Energy: women as equal players in the 21st century

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
TEN/707-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The health, economic and social crisis of COVID-19 has intensified the severity of the affordable housing crisis that Member States have been facing for years, particularly for homeless people, overcrowded households, residents of working class neighbourhoods and seasonal workers and immigrants – victims of housing conditions that have directly affected the infection rate in society. Although housing policy remains the competence of the Member States, the shortage of decent and affordable housing in the European Union requires a European action plan on housing that includes a comprehensive set of measures, which are easy for people to understand, to help Member States, regions and cities in Europe to sustainably boost the supply of social and affordable housing and effectively combat homelessness.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Universal access to housing that is decent, sustainable and affordable over the long term

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
NAT/790-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC, through its consultation and platform can offer an expert, objective view that identifies key priorities for future rural policy, thereby considering in particular the needs of the vulnerable regions. Rural-proofing needs to be reinvigorated alongside specific rural policies while transgenerational and smart community measures need to be mainstreamed.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: An integrated approach for the EU's rural areas, with particular emphasis on vulnerable regions (own-initiative opinion)

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
CCMI/176-EESC-2020
Plenartagung: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Securing sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. However, the EU is confronted with a number of technological and environmental challenges along the entire production value chain of primary and secondary raw materials.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Digital Mining in Europe: New solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials (own-initiative opinion)

verabschiedet on 18/09/2020
Referenz: 
INT/906-EESC-2020-01962
Plenartagung: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Strengthening non-profit social enterprises as an essential pillar of a socially equitable Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

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