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

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Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/574-EESC-2018-02459-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 - Dec 12, 2018

The EESC points out that a non-immigration scenario in Europe would mean among other things that Member States' economies would suffer substantially; demographic challenges would be aggravated; pension systems might become unsustainable; racism and xenophobia would flourish even more than at present. Non-integration bears economic, socio-cultural and political risks and costs. Hence, investment in migrant integration is the best insurance policy against potential future costs, problems and tensions.

EESC opinion: The costs of non-immigration and non-integration

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/868-EESC-2018-04011-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Union competition policy has been in place for over sixty years. This annual report on competition policy is a non-exhaustive summary of activities undertaken by the Commission in the field of competition policy over the year 2017.

Traditionally, the EESC in its opinion comments on the main achievements and suggests improvements.

EESC opinion: Report on Competition Policy 2017

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/872-EESC-2018-04706-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This proposal for an amendment of the Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1588 aims to improve the interplay of the future EU funding programmes with State aid rules. It will enable the Commission to make targeted modifications of current State aid rules.

EESC opinion: Application of Articles 107 and 108 TFEU to certain categories of horizontal State aid

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/854-EESC-2018-02861-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC calls on the authorities at all levels to engage in close cooperation with all the stakeholders with a view to drawing up a specific action plan on the future of European retail in the 21st century.

EESC opinion: Retail sector (Communication)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/585-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

A large number of Roma women and girls continue to face multiple discrimination in various areas, ranging from health to employment and education, amongst others. They also have limited opportunities to influence the policies that most concern them. The EESC emphasises the importance of their involvement, with programmes aimed at Roma women foreseeing a majority of Roma women in their planning and implementation. The EESC calls for an end to segregated education and for the abolition of health practices which infringe ethical standards.

EESC opinion: The situation of Roma women (Exploratory opinion from the European Parliament)

Adopted on 18/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/599-EESC-2018-02950
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The Justice, Rights and Values Fund is a much-needed instrument for the promotion of EU values, fundamental rights, democracy, the rule of law, and in support of a vibrant and diverse civil society. Overall funding should be increased to EUR 1.4 billion, and innovative funding tools be used to reinforce civil society participation and capacity. 50% of the different strands should be earmarked for civil society organisations, and funding for litigation in support of civil society organisations defending fundamental rights be supported. Synergies should be found with programmes supporting media freedom.

EESC opinion: New Justice, Rights and Values Fund

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