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Ongoing (updated on 06/12/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
549 -
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

EESC section opinion: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/771-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

EESC section opinion: Populism and fundamental rights - suburban and rural areas (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

EESC section opinion: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Taxation policies are fundamental for the SDGs as they determine the economic environment in which investment, employment, and innovation take place while providing the government with revenues for financing public spending. Businesses are global drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth, job creation, investment and innovation. Private sector expertise holds the keys to unlocking many of the challenges linked to sustainable development. Tax bases should be as broad as possible allowing tax rates to be as non-distortive as possible.

EESC section opinion: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
CCMI/170-EESC-2019

The INT section is currently preparing an opinion on the Commission's Communication "Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence" COM(2019)168. The Commission considers that in order to achieve ‘trustworthy AI’, three components are necessary: (1) it should comply with the law, (2) it should fulfil ethical principles and (3) it should be robust. Based on these three components and the European values, the guidelines identify seven key requirements that AI applications should respect to be considered trustworthy. The guidelines also include an assessment list to help check whether these requirements are fulfilled. The CCMI previous experience on the automotive sector is a solid asset to produce a supplementary opinion on this particular Automotive Sector.

EESC section opinion: Artificial intelligence in the automotive sector (supplementary opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/628-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: Demographic challenges in the EU in light of economic and development inequalities (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/629-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: Sustainable funding for lifelong learning and development of skills, in the context of a shortage of skilled labour (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/630-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 19, 2020

Information memo: The effects of campaigns on participation in political decision-making (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 05/12/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 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.

EESC section opinion: 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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