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11/06/2021

With cancer set to become the leading cause of death in the EU, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is certainly timely. The EESC welcomes this plan which is a milestone in the fight against cancer and its social, financial and psychological impact on EU citizens. However, unresolved forms of regional and social inequality mean that there is still room for improvement. 

09/06/2021

Thanks to their bold ambition to ensure a life free of any discrimination and intimidation for each and every child and to break down the cycle of disadvantage across generations, the EU's two new comprehensive initiatives on children's rights have been receiving positive reactions. However, there are concerns as to whether their implementation in the Member States will go as smoothly as hoped, an EESC hearing has found

09/06/2021

Βασισμένη στη Σύμβαση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τα Δικαιώματα των Ατόμων με Αναπηρία (ΣΗΕΔΑΑ), την πρώτη διεθνή Συνθήκη που υιοθέτησε μια προσέγγιση έναντι της αναπηρίας η οποία περικλείει τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, η στρατηγική της ΕΕ για την αναπηρία κατά την επόμενη δεκαετία αποτελεί ελπιδοφόρο έγγραφο που βρίθει αξιέπαινων προτάσεων με ελάχιστες ατέλειες. Για να μπορέσει όμως η στρατηγική αυτή να τηρήσει στην υπόσχεσή της όσον αφορά την εξάλειψη των διακρίσεων εις βάρος 87 εκατομμυρίων Ευρωπαίων με αναπηρία, η υλοποίησή της θα απαιτήσει ισχυρή πολιτική βούληση και πόρους.

03/06/2021

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on Europe's labour markets, taking the heaviest toll on the lowest paid sectors and those involving a high level of human interaction. Whereas the possibility of working remotely and the government measures taken across Europe have managed to cushion the most severe blows by keeping people employed and businesses running, the EU and the Member States will have to take action to curb inequalities once the support policies are withdrawn

12/05/2021

Equal pay for men and women or for work of equal value is one of the fundamental rights and principles of the EU, but on average women are still paid 14% less per hour than men, with pay differences present in all sectors and widening with age. Although welcomed as a much-needed step to close the gender pay gap, the Commission's proposal on pay transparency is receiving a mixed response, an EESC hearing found.

12/05/2021

The EU has some of the strongest regulations in the world on the use of plant protection products (PPPs – pesticides) and other chemicals in agriculture. However, there is still room for improvement to achieve greater regulatory convergence to reduce the risks of using PPPs, and to guarantee a healthy and safe food supply for an ever-growing world population.

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