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Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/879-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

A European standardisation system that functions well contributes to overall economic growth, supports innovation and global competitiveness of the European industry. It also helps to ensure that the levels of safety, health and consumer and environmental protection set out in Union legislation are met in practice. It also facilitates market access while contributing to a continuous deepening of the Single Market and providing the necessary legal certainty.

EESC opinion: Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market

Adopted on 19/04/2018
Reference: 
REX/497-EESC-2017

At the request of the future Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU (January-June 2018), the EESC was asked to prepare an exploratory opinion on the challenges and priorities countries of the Western Balkans are facing in the European integration process, as well as in the area of economic and social cohesion. Western Balkans will be one of the policy priorities of the Bulgarian presidency and a Western Balkans Summit is scheduled to take place in May 2018 in Sofia.

Economic and social cohesion and European integration of the Western Balkans – challenges and priorities

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
REX/507-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) aims to prepare candidates and potential candidates for the rights and obligations of EU membership. First established for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the 2014–2020 MFF it is called IPA II. Its beneficiaries include the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Turkey. The proposed financial envelope for IPA III for the period 2021-2027 accounts for a 13 % increase compared to current IPA II funding, or €14.5 billion in current prices. The general objective of the IPA is to support EU aspirants to adopt and implement all reforms (political, institutional, legal, administrative, social and economic) required to comply with EU’s values and to progressively align to EU rules, standards policies and practices on their path towards EU membership.

EESC opinion: Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA III)

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Reference: 
REX/502-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The Western Balkan countries have some of the lowest female labour force participation and employment rates across Europe. Almost two-thirds of working age women in the region are either inactive or unemployed. The gender gap starts early and persists across all age groups.

The report will try to find out the correlation between education, employment opportunities, family responsibilities and the nowadays status of the women in the region and to propose adequate measures for improving the situation of women in the region.

EESC opinion: Women in the Western Balkans (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/873-EESC-2018-04953-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

EESC opinion: Action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

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