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Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
ECO/588-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The Leipzig charter as a strategic part of Urban policy in Europe has recently been modified by the Ljubljana agreement that the Commission adopted on 26 November 2021. It signals the start of a new phase of the Urban Agenda for the EU. In this context, the forthcoming Czech EU Presidency, asks the contribution of the EESC to explore how these changes could impact on the creation of new Thematic Partnerships. Amongst others the Czech presidency is putting forward the following questions:

What should be put into consideration while implementing the new theme of urban communities and the involvement of citizens?

What should be the thresholds to create a functioning mechanism for strengthening the position of citizens and groups of citizens to achieve the targeted cooperative partnerships.

EESC opinion: Thematic partnerships under the Ljubljana agreement

Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
INT/979-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

This opinion will assess the chances and challenges that SMEs face due to the green transition and will call the EU and the Member States to provide them with a favourable business environment, proper funding and support measures.

EESC opinion: SMEs, social economy enterprises, crafts and liberal professions Fit for 55

Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
ECO/596-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The consequences of the Russian military aggression have grown in scope and its impact has expanded. As a result, Member States are facing continuous substantial inflows of persons fleeing the Russian aggression. This situation comes on top of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, notably the disruption of value chains, which challenges public budgets that were focused on the recovery of the economy, but also risks delaying investments, especially in infrastructure.

EESC opinion: FAST-CARE

Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
INT/990-EESC-2022-02531
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

La stratégie européenne pour les données proposait la création d’espaces européens communs des données propres à chaque domaine. L’espace européen des données de santé («EHDS») est la première proposition d’espaces européens communs des données propres à chaque domaine. Il abordera les défis propres à la santé en matière d’accès et de partage des données de santé électroniques, constitue l’une des priorités de la Commission européenne dans le domaine de la santé et fera partie intégrante de la mise en place d’une Union européenne de la santé. L’EHDS créera un espace commun où les personnes physiques pourront facilement contrôler leurs données de santé électroniques. Elle permettra également aux chercheurs, aux innovateurs et aux décideurs politiques d’utiliser ces données de santé électroniques d’une manière fiable et sécurisée qui préserve la vie privée.

 

EESC opinion: European Health Data Space

Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
INT/993-EESC-2022-02804
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. The proposed rules will oblige providers to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse material on their services. These rules will include risk mitigation measures; targeted detection obligations; effective removal; a solid oversight mechanisms and judicial redress. Together with this proposal, the Commission is also putting forward a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.

EESC opinion: Combating child sexual abuse online package

Adopted on 21/09/2022
Reference: 
SOC/728-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
572 -
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The EESC points at the need to improve youth participation, tackling in particular the lack of youth democratic representation and the lack of a youth perspective outside of the traditional youth policy domain. The EU Youth Test should not substitute meaningful engagement with young people in general and should complement existing participatory mechanisms. It should be part of the Better Regulation Toolbox as a separate tool, since future generations and young people deserve specific attention. The EESC encourages the EU institutions and Member States to implement measures and mechanisms that ensure that the youth perspective is taken into account in every policy field. Suitable resources should be made available for meaningful youth participation in policy-making.

EESC opinion: The EU Youth Test

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