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Adopted on 13/12/2018
Reference: 
ECO/483-EESC-2018-04922-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC thinks that, in addition to strengthening the coordination between supervisory authorities and streamlining procedures, operations should also be coordinated with other relevant parties to tackle money laundering and terrorism financing effectively. The EESC stresses the importance of internal and external communication on money laundering and financing of terrorism. The key element in internal communications is improving and protecting information streams between the supervisory bodies concerned; in the case of external communication, the public in question should be provided with information and made aware of the different ways this kind of crime may be presented, as a means of preventing and preparing for it.

EESC opinion: European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) – Amended proposal to fight money laundering

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/574-EESC-2018-02459-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 - Feb 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/585-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

A large number of Roma women and girls continue to face multiple discrimination in various areas, ranging from health to employment and education, amongst others. They also have limited opportunities to influence the policies that most concern them. The EESC emphasises the importance of their involvement, with programmes aimed at Roma women foreseeing a majority of Roma women in their planning and implementation. The EESC calls for an end to segregated education and for the abolition of health practices which infringe ethical standards.

EESC opinion: The situation of Roma women (Exploratory opinion from the European Parliament)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/586-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This opinion responds to a request from European Parliament for an exploratory opinion on gender equality in European labour markets, which had put a special emphasis on the pay situation and care obligations.
The opinion considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to policies for improving equality between women and men and to help implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. It reiterates the EESC positions on the gender pay gap and work-life balance and recommends gender neutral pay systems. It pleads to fight gender segregation in education, training and the labour market, in particular of women belonging to vulnerable groups.

EESC opinion: Gender equality in European labour markets (Exploratory opinion from the European Parliament)

Ongoing (updated on 22/01/2019)
Reference: 
REX/502-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The Western Balkan countries have some of the lowest female labour force participation and employment rates across Europe. Almost two-thirds of working age women in the region are either inactive or unemployed. The gender gap starts early and persists across all age groups.

The report will try to find out the correlation between education, employment opportunities, family responsibilities and the nowadays status of the women in the region and to propose adequate measures for improving the situation of women in the region.

EESC section opinion: Women in the Western Balkans (own-initiative opinion)

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