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Adopted on 19/04/2018
Reference: 
SOC/571-EESC-2018-00304-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

The EESC welcomes the efforts made by the EC to address the persistent pay gap between men and women by proposing an Action Plan with eight areas for action, but finds that each area should be further developed. It is important to look at the stereotypes that affect career choices, as well as to the underlying causes of labour market segregation, in order to counter them. It agrees with the EC proposal for pay transparency and pay audits to be introduced in order to facilitate the collection of individualised data and develop appropriate action plans at sector and business level. Moreover, it welcomes the EC recognition of the crucial role social partners play in this, while also highlighting the contribution of civil society organisations. Finally, it insists on the need to obtain additional resources, as part of the Multiannual Financial Framework, to implement the Action Plan, including the financing of childcare facilities and long-term care services.

EESC opinion: EU Action Plan 2017-2019 - Tackling the gender pay gap

Adopted on 19/10/2017
Reference: 
SOC/564-EESC-2017-02692-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

Delivering on balanced economic growth and social progress should be the guiding principle for the debate on the social dimension of Europe. A clear road map for the implementation of European Pillar of Social Rights is advisable with clear assignment of tasks coupled with accountability. The social dimension debate is connected to the debate on deepening the EMU. Social policy has to be embedded in a different EU economic policy. A strong EU can shape globalisation and digitalisation to the benefit of all.

EESC opinion: Impact of the social dimension & the European Pillar of Social Rights on the Future of EU

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

EESC opinion: New sustainable economic models

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Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Adopted on 15/03/2018
Reference: 
SOC/558-EESC-2017-00759-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
533 -
Mar 14, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

This opinion is on the revision of the Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States, which provide common priorities and targets for employment policies of the Member States.

The European Commission has proposed to amend the 2015 Guidelines, to align the text with the principles of the European pillar of social rights.

They are adopted in the context of the European Employment Strategy, and form, together with the Guidelines for the Economic Policies of the Member States and of the EU, the Integrated Guidelines.

EESC opinion: Employment guidelines SOC/558

Adopted on 05/07/2017
Reference: 
NAT/700-EESC-2017-00277-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

La communication de la Commission sur les Prochaines étapes pour un avenir européen durable, adopté le 22 novembre 2016, définit une approche stratégique européenne pour la mise en œuvre du Programme des Nations unies sur le développement durable à l’horizon 2030 (Programme 2030) et sur la réalisation des objectifs mondiaux de développement durable à l’horizon 2030.

EESC opinion: Next steps for a sustainable European future

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
SC/47-EESC-2016

This own-initiative opinion is a joint proposal of the two EESC bodies with a cross cutting and horizontal approach: the SDO and the Europe 2020 Steering Committee (SC).

EESC opinion: The transition towards a more sustainable European future

Adopted on 25/01/2017
Reference: 
SOC/542-EESC-01902-00-04-ac
Plenary session: 
522 -
Jan 25, 2017 Jan 26, 2017

The EESC adopted this opinion after in-depth work carried out during the four meetings of the study group. The opinion also reflects the national debates with civil society organisations carried out in all Member States between 2 September and 2 November 2016. These discussions were coordinated by three members of the EESC ('trios') from the country concerned, often in cooperation with the European Commission (15 debates) or the national economic and social council (7 debates). Participants came from a wide range of employers' and trade union organisations and other civil society organisations, as well as, to a lesser extent, from the academic world. A total of 116 EESC members and nearly 1,800 representatives of civil society organisations participated in the 28 debates. The conclusions/recommendations of the national debates have been grouped in the opinion, while the reports on the national debates will be published separately.

EESC opinion: European Pillar of Social Rights - SOC/542

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Relevant Eurofound publications, non-exhaustive chronological list

Ongoing (updated on 10/05/2019)
Reference: 
INT/887-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

In this communication, the Commission is taking a three-step approach: setting-out the key requirements for trustworthy AI, launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on international consensus building for human-centric AI.

Information memo: Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence (Communication)

Ongoing (updated on 08/05/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/624-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

Information memo: The changing world of work and the longevity/ageing population - The preconditions for ageing workers to stay active in the new world of work (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

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