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Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
REX/504-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
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.

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

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)

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Reference: 
ECO/469-EESC-2018-02779-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC welcome the definitive destination principle-based VAT system for taxing goods in B2B relations and reminds that it is an important achievement proving the continuous consolidation of the EU internal market. The Committee urges the Commission to explore how a common VAT system for both services and goods can be rolled out as quickly as possible. The EESC recommends greater collaboration between national fiscal and enforcement authorities in order to make the new destination-based VAT system more effective in terms of both effectiveness against fraud and reliability in favour of European enterprises.

EESC opinion: Implementing the definitive VAT system

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Definitive VAT system intra-Union trade of goods COM(2018)329_European Commission presentaton

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Reference: 
REX/502-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The Western Balkan countries have some of the lowest female labour force participation and employment rates across Europe. Almost two-thirds of working age women in the region are either inactive or unemployed. The gender gap starts early and persists across all age groups.

The report will try to find out the correlation between education, employment opportunities, family responsibilities and the nowadays status of the women in the region and to propose adequate measures for improving the situation of women in the region.

EESC opinion: Women in the Western Balkans (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Reference: 
TEN/684-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Commission's initiative, considering it an important step in developing an industrial strategy for cybersecurity and a strategic move to achieve robust and comprehensive digital autonomy. These aspects are essential for strengthening Europe's defence mechanisms against the ongoing cyberwarfare that threatens to undermine its political, economic and social systems.

EESC opinion: European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/160-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The bioeconomy encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. This includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, pulp and paper production, as well as parts of chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. For the purpose of this opinion, research on genomes, cell processes and bioinformatics is not specifically considered.

EESC opinion: Sustainable inclusive bio-economy - new opportunities for European economy (own-initiative opinion)

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