Opinions with Employers' Group members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

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Ongoing (updated on 05/10/2019)
Reference: 
INT/883-EESC-2019-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

A major effect of the exponentially increasing productivity is that well-being creation (re-) turns from the production of lower costing quantities into the provision of specialized, certified qualities. In that sense the integrated use-value in the supplied goods and services becomes increasingly an important feature that gradually countervails the emphasis on the exchange value (prices). This development is especially advantageous for European producers: European competitiveness concentrates on the ability to provide specialized, diverse qualities, rather than competing in prices against regions with more extended economies of scale.

Information memo: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European producers (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 04/07/2019)
Reference: 
INT/885-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

This own-initiative opinion should answer following questions: Could the EU Single Market benefit from such a technology and how ? What steps could be taken to ensure that EU, its Single Market and its citizens benefit fully from this technology?

It could also reflect on whether and how using blockchain as an overarching infrastructure, in other European policies, could reinforce the European values of the Single Market and make it even more cohesive and democratic.

Information memo: Blockchain and the EU Single Market: what next? (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 07/06/2019)
Reference: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Information memo: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2019)
Reference: 
INT/823-EESC

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

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: 
SOC/622-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

This opinion calls on the EU to develop a strategy to enhance continuous, learner-centred learning, with digitalisation and the deployment of trustworthy AI at its heart, and stresses the essential role of both public education and non-formal education to enhance  inclusiveness and active citizenship. Such a strategy requires an increased allocation of EU funds and more cooperation between policymakers, education providers, social partners and other civil society organisations.

EESC opinion: Digitalisation, Al and Equity - How to strenghten the EU in the global race of future skills and education, while ensuring social inclusion (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/623-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

EESC opinion: Summary of the costs and benefits of Investments in occupational safety and health (OSH) (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

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