Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    NAT/903-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all developed and developing countries in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

    EESC opinion: EU and Agenda 2030: strengthening the implementation of the SDGs
    EESC contribution to the EU Voluntary Review
  • Adopted on 23/03/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    NAT/853-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Workers - GR II
    France

    Environmental criminal offences are a growing concern for human health, the environment and the economy that is reflected in increasing levels of pollution, degradation of wildlife, a reduction in biodiversity and the disturbance of ecological balance within and outside the EU. This EESC opinion will cover the Commission's Proposal for the new Directive and the Communication that accompanied it.

    EESC opinion: Improving environmental protection through criminal law
  • Adopted on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    NAT/824-EESC-2021-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    France

    In the face of unprecedented global changes (biodiversity collapse, widespread pollution, climate change, etc.), most notably causing extreme weather events, the effects of climate change are having a direct and indirect impact on a range of human rights that are guaranteed at international and European level, such as the right to life and health, the right of access to food and drinking water, the right to property and housing, and the right to religion and culture.

    Information report: Environmental protection as a prerequisite for respect for fundamental rights (information report – SDO)
  • Adopted on 27/04/2021 - Bureau decision date: 01/12/2020
    Reference
    INT/931-EESC-2020-01-01-05898-00-00-AC-TRA
    Workers - GR II
    France

    The EESC welcomes the proposed regulatory initiative, which will have an indirect positive impact as it simplifies and speeds up cross-border judicial procedures and cooperation, and will also contribute to improving the functioning of the single market. It is worth noting that e-CODEX is not limited to e-justice. In anticipation of the future, the EESC recommends including a provision to open up the possibility of other uses by other public administrations, including for example the transfer of e-health records.

    EESC opinion: e-CODEX
  • Adopted on 27/04/2021 - Bureau decision date: 01/12/2020
    Reference
    INT/932-EESC-2021-00048-00-00-AC-TRA
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Portugal

    The EESC welcomes the Communication as an essential and effective step to enable the digitalisation of justice. It is crucial to support Member States at national level in making this change by providing them not only with the necessary funding, but also with tools. With this support, the digitalisation of justice can be expanded at European level to create mechanisms facilitating closer cross-border cooperation between judicial authorities.

     

    EESC opinion: Digitalisation of justice
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Reference
    NAT/788-EESC-2020
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland

    This opinion will look into the possibilities to engage with young people in a formal way at institutional level and provide the building blocks for a new structured approach to youth engagement at EU level.

    EESC opinion: Towards structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 21/01/2020
    Reference
    NAT/784-EESC-2020-1431
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Netherlands
    (Finland

    This EESC opinion will respond to the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on establishing a European Climate Law and it will look into the role of citizens in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality.

    EESC opinion: European Climate Law
  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 21/01/2020
    Reference
    NAT/785-EESC-2020-01-01-01432
    Employers - GR I
    Greece
    Workers - GR II
    Germany

    The opinion will provide guidance on how to build on existing structures like citizens' dialogues and assemblies, social dialogue committees in order to structure and mainstream the dialogue with civil society. It will also make recommendations about how to encourage information sharing and public understanding of climate action; how to create real and virtual spaces for exchange on climate and how to build capacity to facilitate grassroots initiatives, among others.

    EESC opinion: European Climate Pact (Exploratory opinion)
  • Adopted on 30/10/2019 - Bureau decision date: 21/02/2019
    Reference
    SC/53-EESC-2019-02446
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany

    The proposed opinion will look at new approaches to more fairly distributing the burden of transformation towards a sustainable Europe.

    EESC opinion: Leaving no one behind when implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 11/07/2018 - Bureau decision date: 19/09/2017
    Reference
    NAT/722-EESC-2018-00464
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland
    (Finland

    The circular economy monitoring framework draws upon and complements the existing Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and Raw Materials Scoreboard, which were developed in recent years by the Commission.

    EESC opinion: Monitoring framework for the circular economy (communication)