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Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
INT/871-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The opinion examines the possible introduction of a new concept into EU law: "low-profit". This concept would define all organisations that are likely to make a profit but that do not intend to distribute it to their owners or shareholders, as they have a different purpose.

EESC opinion: Towards an appropriate European legal framework for social economy enterprises (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
SOC/610-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
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.

EESC opinion: Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the updated European Bio-economy Strategy.  The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy was to address the challenges of living in a world of limited resources.

EESC opinion: Communication updating the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
INT/875-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The exploratory opinion will aim to show how to boost social economy enterprises. It will seek to identify the best ways to strengthen their role in addressing tomorrow's challenges, in particular in the social field.

EESC opinion: Social economy enterprises' contribution to a more cohesive and democratic Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 21/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
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.

EESC opinion: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 21/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/874-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
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".

EESC opinion: Digital health literacy (own initiative opinion)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The key to maximising the positive impact of standardisation is to develop synergies inside the European standardisation system, taking into account also the international dimension and the inclusiveness of standardisation.

EESC opinion: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2019 (Communication)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SC/52-EESC-2018-5821
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion tables proposals on how to enhance the European project and bring it closer to its citizens.

EESC opinion: The Future of the EU: Benefits to citizens and respect for European values (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
ECO/484-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
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.

EESC opinion: The future of cohesion policy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

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