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

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Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/630-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: The effects of campaigns on participation in political decision-making (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/629-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: Sustainable funding for lifelong learning and development of skills, in the context of a shortage of skilled labour (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/628-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: Demographic challenges in the EU in light of economic and development inequalities (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
INT/893-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2020 identifies priorities for European standardisation. It sets out the specific objectives and policies for European standards and standardisation deliverables in the coming period and lists the type of actions the Commission intends to take. These actions on European standardisation are embedded in Union policies, such as the digital and single markets, energy efficiency & climate and international trade. Standards support these policies to ensure that European products and services are competitive worldwide and reflect state-of-the-art safety, security, health and environmental considerations. The work programme also outlines the actions that the Commission intends to initiate during 2020 to improve the governance, inclusiveness and international impact of the European standardisation system (ESS).

Information memo: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2020

Adopted on 23/01/2020
Reference: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
549 -
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

EESC opinion: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 11/12/2019
Reference: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

EESC opinion: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce the reasons of economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 11/12/2019
Reference: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Against a background of rising poverty levels during the crisis, levels that remain high in many Member States, in particular among the unemployed, this own-initiative opinion would address the huge differences in levels of protection under national unemployment insurance systems within the EU.
Possible standards in this respect could be:

  • a minimum standard for the net replacement rate of unemployment benefits;
  • a minimum standard of coverage ratio of unemployed people receiving unemployment payments;
  • a minimum standard for the duration of unemployment benefit entitlement;
  • a right to (re)qualification and training

With the objective of promoting upward social convergence within the EU, the proposal for such standards is a concrete step towards effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights recently announced by the EU institutions in Gothenburg.

EESC opinion: Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States – a concrete step towards the effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 11/12/2019
Reference: 
INT/891-EESC-2019-04461-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

An effective and principled competition policy to be one of the pillars of the European Union and an essential tool in achieving the internal market, pursuant to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the construction of a social market economy and the content of the Social Pillar. In the 2018 report on Competition Policy 2018,  the European Commission develops an approach aimed at strengthening the Single Market, economic development and social policy objectives.

EESC opinion: Report on Competition Policy 2018

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