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24/04/2018
Ongoing
Reference: 
INT/853-EESC-02126
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

Aiming to modernise existing rules and provide better redress opportunities for consumers, the Commission's New Deal for Consumers also proposes increased cooperation with partner countries outside the EU, the equal treatment of consumers in the Single Market, improved communication and capacity-building. It also looks at future challenges for consumer policy (such as AI, the Internet of Things and the Circular Economy).

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2018

Quality legislation - which meets clear policy objectives, balances relevant interests, is well-drafted and coherent,  and as simple, easy to understand and implement as possible - is essential for any well-functioning society and for a strong democracy. As trade unionists, workers and citizens we know the pivotal role that legislation plays in guaranteeing our rights and freedoms, including providing the opportunity for redress when they are infringed either by employers, enterprises or the State.

31/01/2018
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31/01/2018

Quality legislation - which meets clear policy objectives, balances relevant interests, is well-drafted and coherent,  and as simple, easy to understand and implement as possible - is essential for any well-functioning society and for a strong democracy. As trade unionists, workers and citizens we know the pivotal role that legislation plays in guaranteeing our rights and freedoms, including providing the opportunity for redress when they are infringed either by employers, enterprises or the State. At the European level, there is an impressive framework of legislation aimed at protecting people's rights as workers, consumers and citizens, in the context of an ever deepening internal market which far too often is put in conflict with their interests.

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Better Regulation for Workers

19/04/2018
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/838-EESC-2017-06085-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
534 -
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

The EESC is of the view that the Better Regulation Agenda should become a permanent programme in delivering high-quality Union legislation without undermining key policy objectives or creating deregulation pressure.

EESC opinion: Better Regulation/state of play

18/10/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
/-EESC-2017-04279-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has requested the Committee's views on whether the steps taken by the European Commission to enforce EU law have addressed European's concerns. The ECA would like to know which specific aspects of the monitoring of the application of the legislation in particular have caught the EESC's attention.

EESC opinion: Monitoring the application of EU legislation

21/01/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/817-EESC-2017-01443-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
528 -
Sep 20, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

Impact assessments of any legislative proposals must be integrated and accorded due importance to the economic, social and environmental dimensions, including for SMEs. The Committee has called for the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission to agree on a common methodology on impact assessments and evaluations, which could also serve as a prompt for the Committee. It is extremely concerned by the findings on the shortcomings of social and environmental impact assessments and the follow-up to consultations. It calls on the Commission to be more transparent and to give fully documented reasons why a particular measure or proposal is or is not to be submitted for impact assessment and/or an ex-post analysis.

EESC opinion: Transparency, methodology and resources of evaluations

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2017
Study
224

SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy and have been placed in the focus of European policy following the adoption of the Small Business Act in 2008. This study makes a comprehensive overview of EU support initiatives for SMEs in the period 2007-2015 with the aim to assess the effectiveness of EU SME policies – both in terms of their formulation and implementation.

Published in: 
2017
Study
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The publication is a summary of the conference "Does the EU encourage private sector investment" that took place on 11 May 2017 in Valletta, Malta. The conference was jointly organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee and all major Maltese employers' organisations: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta Employers' Association (MEA), Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU).

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2017
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This integrated report assembles inputs from the national Economic and Social Councils (and the Liaison Group, an NGO umbrella organization) and gives an overview of the involvement of organized civil society in the European Semester, highlighting the different ways in which organized civil society interacts with governments in the framework of the European Semester. The purpose is to make the Semester more democratic and more efficient, by identifying problem areas and disseminating best practices across the entire European Union.

16/06/2017
Reference number: 
31/2017

The successful experience of Estonia with E-government as well as questions concerning cybersecurity were discussed during the EESC conference on the “Future development of E-government in the EU” held in Tallinn. The EESC hosted a debate on the priorities of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU which have as an overarching goal to improve the ...

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