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Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/622-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

This opinion calls on the EU to develop a strategy to enhance continuous, learner-centred learning, with digitalisation and the deployment of trustworthy AI at its heart, and stresses the essential role of both public education and non-formal education to enhance  inclusiveness and active citizenship. Such a strategy requires an increased allocation of EU funds and more cooperation between policymakers, education providers, social partners and other civil society organisations.

EESC opinion: Digitalisation, Al and Equity - How to strenghten the EU in the global race of future skills and education, while ensuring social inclusion (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

Adopted on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
INT/886-EESC-2019-01847
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC would like a vigorous SME-friendly initiative (Act Small First) to be implemented with a view to achieving this objective, and calls for the Think small first principle and the SME test to be evaluated. The goal here will be to make these tools more effective and to design SME-compatible legislation so that SMEs can develop within the single market on the basis of complete legal certainty...

EESC opinion: Better Regulation stocktaking (Communication)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
INT/881-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

This opinion aims to identify the barriers, key success factors and solutions for creating a truly innovative business climate to capture the solutions provided by new economic models.

EESC opinion: Fostering an entrepreneurship and innovation friendly single market – promoting new business models to meet societal challenges and transitions (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
SOC/621-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The future of Europe and of the EU will be shaped and developed by our young people – by the students sitting in classrooms today.  The foundations of their perceptions of and attitudes towards developments in Europe and the EU, and of their according them value or rejecting them, are already being laid in class and during discussions at school. The aim of a "Teaching Europe" initiative would be to put more emphasis on Europe and the EU in teaching in schools, and to highlight the EU's main achievements and its future challenges.  The way the history of the EU Member States is taught should also be taken into consideration. As an idea, easy-to-use teaching materials could be developed, which would explain, among other issues, the role played by the EESC, civil society and the social partners.

EESC opinion: Teaching Europe – developing a toolkit for schools (own-initiative opinion)

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