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Adopted on 19/09/2018
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The EESC agrees with the vision outlined in the communication. It believes that in the course of the changes generated by digital transformation, people must be at the center of care.  The digitalisation processes must help healthcare professionals to spend more time with patients. It must be ensured that healthcare professions are appropriately staffed with qualified personnel and equipped with appropriate digital skills. Digital tools must be a lever to develop new forms of organisation in health and care systems.

EESC opinion: Digital transformation / health and care (communication)

Adopted on 13/07/2011
Plenary session: 
473 -
Jul 13, 2011 Jul 14, 2011

This exploratory opinion responds to a request made by the Polish Presidency. One of the key messages is that the number of high quality jobs needs to be increased. If we succeed to use the untapped employment reserves in all age brackets, many other issues - for instance the long term funding of the pension systems - will be solved. If the real retirement age is to be raised then it is necessary to ensure that people can work longer. The opinion lists a package of measures to make working conditions favourable for older people.

EESC opinion: Demographic trends and the labour market

Ongoing (updated on 23/04/2019)
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

A system of corporate liability for human rights abuses is currently being negotiated in the UN, within the UNHRC’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises concerning human rights (OEIGWG), established by the UN General Assembly on 26 June 2014. The mandate of the working group is to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Information memo: Binding UN agreement on business and human rights (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 19/05/2016

Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy


European Neighbourhood Policy reviewed and explained - ENP review

Basic figures on the European Neighbourhood Policy-East countries

Council conclusions on the Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy

Revised EU Neighbourhood Policy must focus on security and migration, say MEPs

European Parliament resolution of 9 July 2015 on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (2015/2002(INI))

Euro-Mediterranean statistics 2015 edition

Adopted on 16/10/2014

At the Vilnius Summit, which took place on 28-29 November 2013, it was expected that Ukraine, as the first of the EaP countries, would sign the Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, with the European Union. However, the Ukrainian Government, rather unexpectedly, took the decision to temporarily suspend the process of preparations for signature of the Association Agreement. This decision caused political turmoil and instability in the whole country, with, to this day, far-reaching political consequences.

Situation of Ukrainian civil society in the context of European aspirations of Ukraine

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the fact that the European Commission has established a Digital Europe programme, which underscores the intention to make Europe a leading player in digitalisation and to increase its economic strength and competitiveness on the world stage. The aim of the Digital Europe programme is to enable a digital single market and to shape the digital transformation in a positive way for all citizens of Europe.

EESC opinion: Digital Europe programme

Adopted on 16/09/2015

Digital technologies have reached a degree of maturity that allows their use across a wide range of economic sectors in manufacturing as well as in service industries. According to the 2010 edition of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), more than 50% of the EU workforce use ICT in their daily work, with individual EU Member States reaching rates above 85%. Services sectors are identified as the heaviest users of ICT (for instance, more than 90% of finance employees using ICTS in their daily work), which is to be seen as a natural consequence of the increasing digitalisation of many services – such as eBanking, eCommerce, and online media. 

Effects of digitalisation on service industries and employment (own-initiative opinion)