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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)

Ongoing (updated on 15/02/2019)
Reference: 
TEN/690-EESC
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's steps to ensure basic international HVG freight transport connectivity on a temporary basis between the Union and the United Kingdom.

The EESC welcomes the fact that the proposal for a regulation under examination grants UK road haulage operators the right, until 31/12/2019, to move freely within Union territory, in compliance with the common EU rules on access to the international haulage market, and provided that Union carriers can also move freely on UK territory under fair, equal and non-discriminatory conditions of competition.

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: 
SOC/609-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, while calling for the indeterminate legal concepts such as "terrorist information, terrorist acts, terrorist groups or advocacy of terrorism" to be defined as precisely as possible. The EESC highlights the need to assess the effects of the application of this proposal on SMEs, as well as to consider transition arrangements facilitating their adaptation and a level playing field.

EESC opinion: Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/597-EESC-2018-02962-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the proposal for the ESF+ to improve merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy, and, as regards the ESF+, of the 6% decrease of the funding allocated to it. It calls for 30% of total resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion policies to be allocated to the ESF+ and for 30% of the ESF+ resources to be earmarked for social inclusion measures.

EESC opinion: European Social Fund+

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Follow-up to SOC/537 Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Reference: 
SOC/580-EESC-2018-01490-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The Committee considers that the Commission's proposal for setting up a European Labour Authority (ELA) is, if adequately implemented, an important step in the right direction towards improving cross-border mobility, enforcing European and national legislation, fostering cooperation between national labour market authorities and improving access to adequate and up-to-date information, tackling illegal activities and strengthening the internal market, provided that the ELA respects national and European competences and the Member States demonstrate their support and cooperation.

EESC opinion: European Labour Authority

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Reference: 
SOC/581-EESC-2018-02514
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The EESC supports the proposal for a Council Recommendation on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed. A proper coverage of workers in non-standard forms of work and the self-employed would be in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Access to social protection systems is key for fairer societies. The main outcomes would be: increasing the mutualisation of risk, income security, labour market dynamism, higher productivity, better allocation of resources, and reducing insecurity and poverty for individuals.

EESC opinion: Access to social protection

Ongoing (updated on 14/02/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 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.

Information memo: 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)

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