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Adopted on 27/10/2011
Reference: 
SOC/408-EESC-2011-1592
Plenary session: 
475 -
Oct 26, 2011 Oct 27, 2011

Homelessness is the fourth most common reason given for poverty in the EU. It causes major personal tragedies, and also has significant social implications. If the number of homeless people was reduced, social costs would also decrease, and with better social inclusion Europe would progress. The right to housing is enshrined in many countries' constitutions. Still, there is no single and consistent method of collecting data on homelessness and the social integration of homeless people remains a very complex and difficult process. This EESC opinion, which focuses on both the effects and the causes of this problem, proposes measures to address it.

Adopted on 24/01/2017
Reference: 
REX/484-EESC

The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

Information memo: REX/484 - European Consensus on Development

Adopted on 07/12/2017
Reference: 
REX/485-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-00788-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The Commission recently published a Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the ACP Group of countries. ACP-EU relations are currently governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement that will expire in 2020, therefore the Commission has published recommendations on what the future structure should be. Last year the EESC already drafted a general opinion on the post-Cotonou framework; this new opinion will have to answer specifically to the Commission's communication.

 

EESC opinion: REX/485 - Renewed ACP Partnership

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Renewed ACP Partnership

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
REX/487-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The EESC is a strong advocate of a fair, well-administered and sustainable development policy at EU level. It is also very committed to the cause of greater tax justice. In recent years, questions have been raised as to whether the international tax policies of the Member States, in particular the concluding of certain types of double taxation agreements, are consistent with EU development policy objectives.

EESC opinion: EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements

Adopted on 18/02/2016
Reference: 
SOC/530-EESC-2015-06663-00-03-ac
Plenary session: 
514 -
Feb 17, 2016 Feb 18, 2016

The EESC supports the intention of the Dutch Presidency of the Council to address poverty through integrated approaches and through cooperation between public and private stakeholders. However, to do so, Member States must be supported by a common European framework and best-practice actors by national anti-poverty strategies. The EU Council should reiterate the commitment made to meet Europe's poverty target by 2020.

Adopted on 25/05/2016
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

Adopted on 16/10/2013
Reference: 
SOC/494-EESC-2013-6069
Plenary session: 
493 -
Oct 16, 2013 Oct 17, 2013

The Committee welcomes the increased attention brought to social investment, a greater targeting of European funds to sound employment and social policies, a dedicated youth employment initiative and youth guarantee scheme, and better cross-border mobility. It also welcomes the foreseen strengthened social dialogue as part of the European Semester process. It particularly supports the idea to step up closer surveillance of employment and social imbalances within the EMU through a systematic monitoring of rates of unemployment, of young people not in employment or training or education, of household income, poverty and inequality. The proposed scoreboard should pro-actively detect asymmetric developments and spill-over into overall economic performance and trigger a timely and effective adjustment mechanism and policy response.

EESC opinion: The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

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