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Adopted on 26/09/2019
Reference: 
REX/520-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

2019 is the year we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of a real and living partnership – the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Over the last decade this partnership has gone through its share of difficulties. Yet, it not only endured - it developed, matured and delivered beyond what we foresaw at the beginning.

Thus after 10 years of EaP policy, it is crucial to properly evaluate the achievements and aims and reflect on the next possible steps. It is important to ensure that EaP policy connects countries and people and covers a broad area of issues, including supporting civil society, pluralism and independent media, as well as ensuring gender equality and non-discrimination. As it is likely that the policy will change its course from a one-size-fits-all to a tailor-made approach, it will be crucial to ensure that those wanting to get closer to the EU have this opportunity, adapted to their ambitions and pace.

EESC opinion: 10 years of Eastern Partnership: reflecting on achievements and shaping the future policy of the EaP

Adopted on 26/09/2019
Reference: 
TEN/694-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC welcomes the proposal to use the passerelle clauses to establish a qualified majority in the Council and a co-decision system with the European Parliament. In this new set-up, the EESC could play an important role in supporting the trilogue and should be involved.

EESC opinion: New institutional framework for energy and climate policy by 2025

Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/624-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.

The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives.

EESC opinion: The changing world of work and the longevity/ageing population - The preconditions for ageing workers to stay active in the new world of work (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
INT/888-EESC-2019-03042-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

With this opinion the EESC wishes to highlight the scale of Dieselgate and regrets that the Commission was not able to anticipate these events by means of effective measures from the outset. The EESC further considers that the solution put forward in this proposal should not be limited to dealing with an issue of form, without genuinely serving the applicants' interests. Lastly the EESC also fears that, by empowering the Commission to issue delegated acts under the terms it sets out, the proposal would undermine not only the effectiveness of the legislation but also the intentions of the legislator when establishing these delegated act.

EESC opinion: Motor vehicles - emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles - repair and maintenance information (amendment)

Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/614-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

EESC opinion: The European Pillar of Social Rights – evaluation of the initial implementation and recommendations for the future (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/495-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

This own-initiative opinion will focus on the interface and inter-linkages between the European semester and Cohesion policy under the new Multiannual Financial Framework with a view to developing policy proposals to improve sustainable growth performance. With the Europe 2020 Strategy coming to an end, these proposals can contribute to the preparation of a new European strategy post-2020.

EESC opinion: The European Semester and Cohesion policy - Towards a new European strategy post-2020 (own-initiative opinion)

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