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15/02/2018
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/839-EESC-2017-06235-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
532 -
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 15, 2018

With this amended proposal, the Commission proposes to extend the scope of the proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods to cover also face-to-face sales.

Contracts for the sale of goods/amendment

31/03/2016
Reference number: 
21/2016

How are new forms of employment impacting workers? Is the total flexibility of workers and labour market desirable? Will the sharing economy be putting an end to Europe's social protection systems?

Today's EESC public hearing, entitled "the changing nature of employment relationships, the sharing economy, zero-hour contracts and the living wage" discussed the growth of non-standard forms of employment in light of workers' protection.

31/03/2016

The Dutch Presidency has requested an exploratory opinion about the shift from the traditional employment relationship to more non-standard forms of employment, introduced among others by online platforms like Uber. The EESC is to examine the link between new forms of employments relationships to a decent living wage and make policy recommendations as to how to take full advantage of digital innovation but regulate and mitigate the effects in terms of labour law protection and social protection.

25/05/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
SOC/533-EESC-2016-00137-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

The nature of work and employment relationships is developing rapidly. The impact on the labour market and standards, economy, tax and social security systems and the living wage need to be assessed and grey areas in rights and protections addressed. The challenge is to encourage innovation and deliver positive outcomes for a sustainable and competitive social market economy. The EESC considers it a priority to develop social welfare models adapted to cover more flexible forms of employment. This should be given consideration in the development of the EU Pillar of Social Rights.

EESC opinion: The changing nature of employment relationships and its impact on maintaining a living wage

27/04/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/775-EESC-2015-06292-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
516 -
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

In this Opinion on two proposals for directives (on supply of digital content and online sales), the Committee disagrees with the legal basis chosen by the Commission and proposes Article 169 TFEU instead; as a consequence, the Committee thinks that the measures adopted should be based on minimum harmonisation and would have preferred the use of a regulation instead of a directive.

EESC opinion: Digital contract rights