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Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/554-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

In each of the 27 EU countries, there are laws or organisational arrangements which exclude some voters with disabilities from participating in EP elections. If the best practices from across all countries were implemented, an ideal system would emerge in which every EU citizen with disabilities not only would have the full possibility to vote but also would be able to choose for themselves the most convenient way in which to vote.

Information report: The real right of persons with disabilities to vote in EP elections

Ongoing (updated on 13/03/2019)
Reference: 
INT/818-EESC

The directive on services in the Internal Market was designed to promote competitiveness, growth and employment in line with the Lisbon Strategy. It has, at the same time, triggered an intensive debate on the form to be taken by the freedom to provide services. The effects of the Directive on national labour markets, social conditions and consumer protection requirements remain a highly controversial issue.

Adopted on 31/05/2017
Reference: 
SOC/552-EESC-2016-05623-00-02-ri-tra
Plenary session: 
526 -
May 31, 2017 Jun 01, 2017

The EESC has been asked by the European Commission to contribute to the EC's mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme. In this context, two questionnaires were widely disseminated by the EESC in the member states and four fact-finding missions have been organised. The EESC also held an expert hearing to collect the views of specialised civil society organisations. An information report has been drafted containing the results of this exercise, accompanied by a detailed technical appendix containing important data on the awareness and perception of the programme. The aim of this evaluation was to provide information to the EC on the experience of civil society organisations with the enlarged and improved programme.

EESC opinion: Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation

Adopted on 20/09/2016
Reference: 
CCMI/148-EESC

The European car industry employs 2.5 million workers. Together they account for 8% of total value added in industry. Indirectly the sector provides employment for 12 million workers. European exports of cars are twice as big as imports, resulting in a large trade surplus. European assembly plants produce one out of three cars worldwide. The sector is highly innovative as it accounts for 20% of industrial research funding in Europe. 

The automotive industry on the brink of a new paradigm? (Information report)

Ongoing (updated on 22/02/2019)
Reference: 
CCMI/168-EESC
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The European Union is greater than the sum of its Member States operating within the single market.

Since the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap, and even more since the Rome Declaration, EU firms' and citizens' support for the EU has improved, thereby helping the EU leaders to achieve their essential objective of regaining business and citizens' trust: new sound ideas to foster incrementalinnoation in EU manufaturing must be elaborated and tested before the special summit on the Future of Europe debate, due to take place in the Romanian city of Sibiu on 9 May 2019.

Adopted on 21/09/2011
Reference: 
REX/330-EESC-2011-425
Plenary session: 
474 -
Sep 21, 2011 Sep 22, 2011

The opinion examines what has become a key sector in the Euromed region. The uprisings in the Euromed region, besides putting the spotlight on the abuses of autocratic dictators, have also drawn attention to the urgent need for economic and social development, especially in rural areas. Food insecurity and high food prices are set to remain a problem in the region.

Rural development and employment in the Euromed region

Adopted on 14/12/2016
Reference: 
INT/796-EESC-2016-3300
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

On the request of the Commission, this Information Report evaluates the perception and experience of EU civil society organisations (CSO) in the implementation of EU Consumer and Marketing Law. The information gathered and the interesting solutions proposed are the result of questionnaire responses, five fact-finding missions (Athens, Vilnius, Paris, Lisbon, Brussels) and an Expert Hearing.

Consumer and marketing law (fitness check)

Adopted on 14/12/2016
Reference: 
INT/795-EESC-2016-3297
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

On the request of the Commission, this Information Report evaluates the perception and experience of EU civil society organisations (CSO) in the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU). The information gathered and the interesting solutions proposed are the result of questionnaire responses, five fact-finding missions (Riga, Rome, Warsaw, Madrid, Brussels) and an Expert Hearing.

Consumer Rights Directive (evaluation)

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