Opinions

  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    SOC/780-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    The revision of the Victims' Rights Directive aims to ensure that victims' rights are ensured, easier to access and improved for all victims' of crimes throughout the Union. The EESC welcomes this proposal and supports the following: improving the individual assessment of victims' needs, paying particular attention to more vulnerable or marginalised groups; improving guidelines and training so that such assessments are done correctly; enhancing the victim's right to information and having the right to review a decision during court proceedings; strengthening compensation schemes for victims.

    EESC opinion: Revision of victims' rights directive
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    TEN/822-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Czech Republic
    Workers - GR II
    Poland
    Plenary session number
    583
    -
    EESC opinion: Posting of drivers in the European transport sector: challenges and opportunities
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    NAT/915-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Belgium
    Employers - GR I
    France
    Plenary session number
    583
    -
    EESC opinion: Advancing the EU's just transition policy framework: what measures are necessary
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    INT/1042-EESC-2023-03796-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Latvia
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    This initiative aims at providing detailed rules to support the smooth functioning of the cooperation and consistency mechanism established by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    EESC opinion: GDPR - additional procedural rules
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    SOC/779-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    In this opinion, the EESC suggests several changes to the Commission's proposal, to make the text fully compliant with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Namely, the Committee suggest that if the adoption of a legal measure against a vulnerable person clearly violates human rights and international law, a Member State should be obliged not recognise such a measure.

    EESC opinion: International protection of adults
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    ECO/627-EESC-2023-03253
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Malta
    Plenary session number
    583
    -
    EESC opinion: Faster and Safer Tax Excess Relief
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    ECO/624-EESC-2023-03252
    Employers - GR I
    Estonia
    Plenary session number
    583
    -
    EESC opinion: VAT rules relating to taxable persons who facilitate distance sales of imported goods
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    INT/1038-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    This initiative reports on the application and impact of EU rules on payment services, as required by the review clause of the Second Payment Services Directive and announced in the Commission´s retail payments strategy of 2020.

    EESC opinion: Open finance and payments
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    NAT/905-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    EESC opinion on Seeds and other plant and forest reproductive material.

    EESC opinion: Seeds and other plant and forest reproductive material
  • Adopted on 13/12/2023 - Bureau decision date: 23/02/2023
    Reference
    SOC/770-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    583
    -

    Vulnerable groups pay a proportionally higher price of the consequences of climate change although they contribute less to it. In this opinion, the EESC calls for the development of a comprehensive EU political and social strategy to be able to respond proactively to climate emergency, stressing on  the social aspects of the just transition. To do so,  the EESC recommends, among other measures, the EU Social Climate Fund and the EU Climate Adjustment Fund be supplemented with additional instruments.

    EESC opinion: The climate crisis and its effect on vulnerable groups