Opinions

  • Ongoing (updated on 26/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
    Reference
    SOC/792-EESC-2024
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    588
    -
    EESC section opinion: No place for hate: a Europe united against hatred
  • Ongoing (updated on 26/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
    Reference
    SOC/791-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    European Works Councils (EWCs) are information and consultation bodies which ensure that employees are involved in decisions related to transnational issues. They concern companies with over 1,000 employees operating in at least two EU or European Economic Area countries. The current Directive 2009/38/EC sets out the procedures for establishing EWCs and informing and consulting them on transnational matters. The proposed revision aims to strengthen the role of EWCs by facilitating their creation, promoting more meaningful information and consultation, and ensuring they have the necessary capacity to carry out their work. It also seeks to improve the gender balance of EWCs.

    EESC section opinion: Revision of the European Works Council Directive
  • Ongoing (updated on 25/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
    Reference
    SOC/793-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Workers - GR II
    Hungary
    Plenary session number
    588
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    EESC section opinion: Vaccine preventable cancers
  • Ongoing (updated on 25/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Reference
    ECO/639-EESC-2024-2024-00535
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Council of December 2023 discussed the EU enlargement policy, including the stabilisation and association process and next steps in this respect. The enlargement policy will be one of the top priorities for the next coming years. One of the most important aspects of the enlargement process will be the cohesion policy and the structural funds.

    The need for a structural policy to be applied following enlargement is justified both by the external necessity of reducing the gap between the applicant countries and the EU average and by the internal necessity of combating increasing disparities amongst and within accession countries.

    EESC section opinion: The role of cohesion policy in upcoming rounds of EU enlargement
  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2024
    Reference
    INT/1069-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    590
    -

    This is an exploratory opinion requested by the upcoming Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    NAT/918-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    EESC opinion NAT/918 - Revision of the animal welfare legislation

    EESC section opinion: Revision of the animal welfare legislation
  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    NAT/928-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
    Reference
    NAT/931-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -
    EESC section opinion: EU climate target for 2040
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/224-EESC-2024
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Ireland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Commission has requested from the EESC an exploratory opinion on industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society. Building on EESC's previous work on the EU Blue Deal, this exploratory opinion aims to make concrete recommendations on how to boost the development and uptake of new water technologies and best practices in the EU and support notably industries in the transformation towards a water-resilient society, taking into account sectoral constraints.

    EESC section opinion: Industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/214-EESC-2024
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    (France
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    This own-initiative opinion using the drone manufacturing industry as a case study will seek to examine the different policies in place to enhance European strategic autonomy and develop synergies between defence and civilian sector, in areas of great social interest such as civil protection, assessment of disasters and quick response of local authorities, traffic monitoring and others. It is important for civil society and stakeholders to mobilise resources and create new added values in the defense sector in such a manner that will maximise security outcome, by motivating industry to cover its own demand, produce appropriate and modern tools of deterrence and transform these at periods of lower turbulence towards civil protection activities.

    EESC section opinion: Drone manufacturing industry: a case study to assess the outcome in a strategic sector of the different policies in place to enhance European strategic autonomy