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New incentives aim to foster a fairer division of childcare and other caring duties between men and women, which should help reduce the persistent gender employment gap

Measures proposed by the European Commission to help families achieve a better work-life balance and tackle the unequal distribution of care responsibilities between men and women represent a step in the right direction, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at its plenary session in December.


Digitisation has brought about significant changes in the labour market and workers engaged in new forms of employment are often excluded from accessing social security. In an opinion adopted at the December plenary session, the EESC urges Member States to regulate new forms of work and guarantee access to pensions, health and unemployment systems to these "new workers".


Last week, US academic Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering work in the field of behavioural economics.  Mr Thaler is particularly well known for his research on nudge theory. He coined the term "nudging" to explain how certain actions can encourage individuals to make certain decisions. One year before Mr Thaler's award, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) argued ...


Access to information, more flexibility, transparency and control mechanisms are the main issues to be tackled when analysing the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concluded the participants at the public hearing on 'Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations', held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 13 December in Brussels.


The EESC believes the EDIDP and the EDF are important drivers of both Europe's economy and integration.
In the two opinions on Europe's defence policy adopted at the plenary, the EESC argued that Member States should strive for a more coordinated and responsible form of EU defence, although Europe's defence policy should remain embedded in the NATO framework.