Opinions with Diversity Europe - Group III members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

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Adopted on 22/09/2021
Reference: 
SOC/635-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
563 -
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

In this opinion, the EESC recalls that media freedom, including the safety and security of journalists, and media pluralism are cornerstones of liberal democracy. It therefore notes with regrets that the developments within the EU are alarming and calls for urgent steps by Member States and the EU, including through the use of the new general regime of budget conditionality. The EESC welcomes the broad range of reports and initiatives by the European Parliament and the Commission, including the Commission's plan for a "European Media Freedom Act". It also supports measures to increase the safety of journalists and underlines the necessity of a legal ban on Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). The EESC supports the idea of a European Agency to bolster media skills of EU citizens through educational programmes. It also proposes the creation of a fully independent European public service broadcaster.

EESC opinion: Securing media freedom and diversity in Europe (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 07/07/2021
Reference: 
NAT/815-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

EESC opinion: New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

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New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change - EESC opinion, votes tbc

Adopted on 07/07/2021
Reference: 
SOC/682-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The EESC welcomes both the Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the Child Guarantee, and considers that their implementation will help support efforts at European and national level aimed at promoting children's well-being and reducing child poverty. This opinion calls for the consultation and involvement of organised civil society, children's and family organisations, amongst other stakeholders, in the drafting of national action plans and their monitoring mechanisms. The EESC recommends all Member States to earmark ESF+ funding for lifting children out of poverty, with the designated 5% taken as a minimum. Furthermore, it recommends them to grant free access to early childhood education and care, education and school-based activities and healthcare or grant these services free of charge.

EESC opinion: EU strategy on the rights of the child/Child Guarantee

Adopted on 07/07/2021
Reference: 
SOC/679-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

In this opinion, the EESC underlines that the Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights should be based on concreteness and tangibility, with actions that are measurable and accompanied by monitoring frameworks jointly agreed among relevant stakeholders and encompassing the social, environmental, and economic criteria. The EESC acknowledges the diversity and the common basis of social models across the EU. Competitiveness and higher productivity based on skills and knowledge are a sound recipe for maintaining the well-being of European societies. The EESC further believes that greater efforts can be made at EU and Member State level in the area of combating poverty, in line with the first Sustainable Development Goal under the UN 2030 Agenda.

EESC opinion: Action plan on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

Adopted on 07/07/2021
Reference: 
SOC/680-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The EESC welcomes the new EU Disability Rights Strategy, acknowledging that it is a clear step forward compared with the previous one. It is however concerned about the lack of binding measures and hard legislation implementing the Strategy.

Among other recommendations, the Committee regrets the lack of specific actions addressing the needs of women and girls with disabilities and calls for a specific flagship initiative in the second half of the period of the Strategy. It also calls for the  full involvement and participation of organisations of persons with disabilities in the proposed Disability Platform. As regarding the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the EESC feels it  should be strongly linked to the Disability Strategy and used to help persons with disabilities recovering from the pandemic.

EESC opinion: Strategy on the rights of persons with disabilities

Adopted on 09/06/2021
Reference: 
INT/936-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
561 -
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

The European recovery strategy is very clear, focusing on the twin transition: green and digital, and addressing strategic dependencies. In this regard, the joint undertakings have a very important role to play in bringing together European expertise from different economic sectors, fostering competitiveness, improving skills and strengthening the industrial base. In its opinion, the EESC analyses the nine institutionalised European partnerships covered by the Commission proposal based on Article 187 TFEU establishing individual joint undertakings for their implementation and formulates some recommendations regarding their framework and ecosystem.

EESC opinion: Establishing the Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe

Adopted on 09/06/2021
Reference: 
SOC/677-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
561 -
Jun 09, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

In this opinion the EESC:

  • Welcomes Europe's Beating Cancer Plan as a milestone in the fight against cancer and calls for a concrete roadmap for its implementation, with performance indicators, realistic timeframes and close involvement of Social Partners (SP) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).
  • Considers important that the EU and Member States ensure  the availability of igh-quality, accessible healthcare infrastructure and effective support systems for patients' physical and mental well-being.
  • Asks for the negative consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in accessing to health services to be urgently addressed, recognising as well the supportive role SP and CSO can play in this area. 

EESC opinion: Europe's beating cancer plan

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