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verabschiedet on 15/05/2019
Referenz: 
SOC/610-EESC-2018
Plenartagung: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

Gender equality is not only a human rights issue; it is a social and economic necessity for the EU, its Member States and businesses, as it hugely impacts on sustainable growth and GDP, while allowing to use the potential of 51% of the EU population. The EU needs to elevate gender equality to a stand-alone goal with a binding strategy, centred in the following measures: fighting the economic inequality affecting women and the current backlash of their rights; ratifying and implementing the Istanbul Convention on all forms of violence against women (including harassment); addressing once and for all gendered stereotypes, namely through the media; and supporting civil society organisations working for greater gender equality.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

verabschiedet on 21/03/2019
Referenz: 
INT/874-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion presents the EESC’s views on the gaps in the current system and indicates potential measures for a European wide push for digital up-skilling of health and care workers, and also for policies that prevent further digital divides by addressing skill gaps in the population at large. This own-initiative opinion is in part a follow-up to the own-initiative opinion entitled "Towards digital health".

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Digital health literacy (own initiative opinion)

verabschiedet on 21/03/2019
Referenz: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

verabschiedet on 21/03/2019
Referenz: 
NAT/754-EESC-2018-05760
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the hormonal system and, as a consequence, negatively affect the health of humans and animals. With this Communication, the Commission is updating its approach on EDCs  for the years to come, building on the increased knowledge, experience gained and results achieved in the twenty years since the adoption of the Community Strategy on endocrine disruptors.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Towards a more comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors

verabschiedet on 20/03/2019
Referenz: 
INT/879-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

A European standardisation system that functions well contributes to overall economic growth, supports innovation and global competitiveness of the European industry. It also helps to ensure that the levels of safety, health and consumer and environmental protection set out in Union legislation are met in practice. It also facilitates market access while contributing to a continuous deepening of the Single Market and providing the necessary legal certainty.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market

verabschiedet on 20/03/2019
Referenz: 
ECO/484-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of this proposal is to provide an update of EESC's positions related to the cohesion package presented by the Commission on May 2018. While the discussions in the Council and the Parliament are still ongoing, this opinion will reflect better the developments in view of a successful cohesion policy in the post-2020 period.

The Romanian presidency who has asked for this opinion proposes that  the conclusions drawn in this opinion could stimulate the informal ministerial debate of the cohesion ministers to be held in April 2019.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: The future of cohesion policy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

verabschiedet on 20/03/2019
Referenz: 
REX/504-EESC-2018
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Key points

The EESC considers there is no better moment in the history of European integration for the EU to lead the way by charting a new direction for peace-building worldwide.

The EESC presents The WhiteDoveWay, a metaphorical and physical route map pointing the way forward, focusing on conflict prevention, civil society involvement, and effective communication using education and information, and a European Path of Peace to physically engage citizens so they are included and empowered in the EU peace process.

The EESC calls for the new EU budget to devote greatly increased funds to conflict prevention in all EU external relations peace programmes.

The EESC strongly recommends greater involvement of civil society in the decision-making process.

The EESC calls for a serious communication effort to promote the role of education and information to deliver the EU peace-building story.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: The White Dove Way – Proposal for an EU-led Global Peace-building strategy (own-initiative opinion)

verabschiedet on 20/03/2019
Referenz: 
REX/505-EESC-2019
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Key points:

The EESC considers the Joint Communication to be most timely. The world order is changing at its fastest rate for nearly thirty years, the post-war international trading order is under significant challenge, the balance of global economic power is moving eastwards and Asian global purchasing power is growing exponentially.

The EESC welcomes the emphasis in the Communication on sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Connecting Europe and Asia - Building blocks for an EU Strategy

verabschiedet on 20/03/2019
Referenz: 
TEN/687-EESC-2018
Plenartagung: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC takes careful note of the initiative's definition of disinformation as verifiably false or misleading information that is a threat to democracy and does public harm. Spreading disinformation has become a part of a hybrid war with a clear political aim. However, it also emphasises that, in addition to false information, highly selective information, defamation, scare-mongering and inciting hatred attack citizens' fundamental rights (freedoms) and minority rights.

Multiple actions from all stakeholders are needed to provide quality information and raise awareness. To this end, the EESC welcomes the initiative for coordinated action to protect the EU, its institutions and its citizens against disinformation. The EESC emphasises the urgency of such measures but is also concerned, however, that the impact of this action plan might be limited given that the May 2019 European elections are not far off.

Stellungnahme des Ausschusses: Action Plan against Disinformation

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