Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) - Related Opinions

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Ongoing (updated on 23/06/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/643-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

Information memo: Principles for public services (i.e. public services for citizens, public administration) that contribute directly to the stability of the free democratic basic order (democracy and the rule of law) in EU countries (Exploratory opinion at the reques

Ongoing (updated on 23/10/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/641-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
555 -
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

The EESC describes integration as a dynamic process, involving both migrants and the receiving society. It believes that migration challenges should be addressed in a holistic manner.  Gender equality should become one of the key pillars in integration. Migrant families and parents should be involved in the local and school community as from the early stages of reception. On language training, the EESC believes that this should foresee cultural exploration and involvement in the community and society, as well as guidance and information to migrants on the advantages and the aims of language training. In view of the disparities that exist in Member States with regard to language teaching, the EESC calls for common EU guidelines for language training, which can help ensure a unified and holistic approach.

EESC section opinion: Integration of women, mothers and families with a migrant background in the EU Member States and target language levels for integration (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 23/10/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/642-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
555 -
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

This opinion, requested by the German Presidency of the Council, makes the following main recommendations:
- data collection and monitoring of diversity policies in the labour market must be improved at all levels;
- the principles of diversity management must be integrated into EU rules and generalised;
- more funds should be allocated to diversity management, in order to support the work of civil society organisations working with racialized groups and the diversity policies put in place by the social partners;
- to tackle the underutilisation of migrants' skills and increase their participation in the labour market, these need to be further recognised. In addition, migrants should benefit from free and universal training, including language courses;
- migrants should be active, not only in the labour market, but also in politics;

EESC section opinion: Diversity management in the EU Member States (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 23/10/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/644-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
555 -
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

Social dialogue, at national and European level, plays a key role in shaping economic, labour and social policies that promote the upward convergence of living and working conditions across Member States. Growing globalised and interconnected economies have caused an evolution of social dialogue and require a common and coordinated approach at European level.  European social dialogue is an inalienable component of the European social model and is enshrined in the Treaty, supported by EU legislation and recognised in the European Pillar of Social Rights. The EESC encourages the European social partners to exploit all of the potentialities the Treaty offers them to engage in negotiations to address the new topics and rapid changes in the labour market.

EESC section opinion: Social dialogue as an important pillar of economic sustainability and the resilience of economies taking into account the influence of lively public debate in the Member States (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

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