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Adopted on 22/01/2015
Plenary session: 
504 -
Jan 21, 2015 Jan 22, 2015

The recommendations of the opinion will provide guidelines to the other EU institutions, especially to the Commission, on how to better support Turkish civil society organisations and improve their working conditions.

Situation of civil society organisations in Turkey

Ongoing (updated on 07/05/2019)
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.

EESC section opinion: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 19/04/2018
Plenary session: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

In response to the European Commission's communication on "Strengthening Europe's energy networks" (COM(2017)718 final), the European Economic and Social Committee shares the view that a sufficiently interconnected European energy grid is a prerequisite for achieving the aim of the Energy Union: to provide affordable, secure and sustainable energy that makes the energy transition to a low-carbon economy possible in a competitive way; considers that investments in grid infrastructure should be implemented with the same intensity as other energy investments, and in particular in coordination with the expansion of renewables; calls on the Commission and the Member States to draw up two-yearly monitoring reports on the achievement of the renewable development targets and national and transnational network; suggests that actively involving organised civil society in the design phases of the interconnection projects can help to mitigate the lack of public support for some projects; recomm

Strengthening Europe's energy networks

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal for a regulation and considers it to be an important first step towards promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services. The EESC believes that this proposal is particularly important because it constitutes the first attempt to regulate B2B relations in the area of e-commerce, and recommends that it be approved swiftly in order to plug a clear legislative gap.

EESC opinion: Fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the Third Mobility Package, however, it notes that the Commission's proposal is limited almost exclusively to road transport. In order to develop effectively sustainable and safe mobility, a more ambitious project needs to be developed, taking all available forms of transport into consideration, with a particular focus on intermodality in freight and passenger transport.

EESC opinion: Sustainable mobility for Europe (Communication)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Key points

The EESC considers there is no better moment in the history of European integration for the EU to lead the way by charting a new direction for peace-building worldwide.

The EESC presents The WhiteDoveWay, a metaphorical and physical route map pointing the way forward, focusing on conflict prevention, civil society involvement, and effective communication using education and information, and a European Path of Peace to physically engage citizens so they are included and empowered in the EU peace process.

The EESC calls for the new EU budget to devote greatly increased funds to conflict prevention in all EU external relations peace programmes.

The EESC strongly recommends greater involvement of civil society in the decision-making process.

The EESC calls for a serious communication effort to promote the role of education and information to deliver the EU peace-building story.

EESC opinion: The White Dove Way – Proposal for an EU-led Global Peace-building strategy (own-initiative opinion)