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Ongoing (updated on 03/03/2022)
Reference: 
ECO/588-EESC
Plenary session: 
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Sep 21, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

The Leipzig charter as a strategic part of Urban policy in Europe has recently been modified by the Ljubljana agreement that the Commission adopted on 26 November 2021. It signals the start of a new phase of the Urban Agenda for the EU.

In this context, the forthcoming Czech EU Presidency, asks the contribution of the EESC to explore how these changes could impact on the creation of new Thematic Partnerships. Amongst others the Czech presidency is putting forward the following questions:

What should be put into consideration while implementing the new theme of urban communities and the involvement of citizens?

What should be the thresholds to create a functioning mechanism for strengthening the position of citizens and groups of citizens to achieve the targeted cooperative partnerships.

Ongoing (updated on 23/02/2022)
Reference: 
TEN/772-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
571 -
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

Information memo: Co-creation of services of general interest as a contribution to a more participative democracy in the EU

Ongoing (updated on 11/02/2022)
Reference: 
CCMI/193-EESC
Plenary session: 
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Dec 14, 2022 Dec 15, 2022

In 2017, the EESC organised a hearing and adopted a report on the LeaderSHIP 2020 Strategy as regards the maritime technology sector in Europe. This exercise was aimed at paving the way for the adoption of a new LeaderSHIP Strategy beyond 2020. Unfortunately, this strategy was not adopted.

Ongoing (updated on 07/02/2022)
Reference: 
REX/543-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
571 -
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

Information memo: Analysis the role of organised civil society in the new EU-Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (OEACP) agreement, including the situation of the EPAs in this framework

Ongoing (updated on 05/01/2022)
Reference: 
/-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-05706-00-00-PAC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

Statute and funding of European political parties and foundations

Adopted on 18/05/2022
Reference: 
SOC/696-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

The EESC considers that engaging in dialogue with civil society and social partners constitutes an effective way for policy-makers to understand the varying needs of people belonging to different social groups. There can be no room for repression of social dialogue and civil society dialogue in the EU. Consultation processes should also be easy to find and to access. The EESC points at the potential for civil society to assist policy-makers in essential tasks such as monitoring, but that this should be accompanied with funding and technical support to enable CSOs to build capacity.

EESC opinion: The role of Civil Society Organisations as guardians of the common good in the post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction of EU societies and economies

Adopted on 18/05/2022
Reference: 
SOC/712-EESC-2022
Plenary session: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

Through this Opinion, the EESC supports the proposal by the European Commission to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech. It considers that the criteria set out in Article 83(1) of the TFEU for such an extension (significant developments in the area, a cross-border dimension, the need to act on a common basis) are met. The EESC therefore encourages the Council to adopt the proposed Decision in order to allow the European Commission to set minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and penalties in this area of crime.

EESC opinion: Initiative to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech

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