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Adopted on 12/07/2012
Reference: 
SOC/450-EESC-2012-1579
Plenary session: 
482 -
Jul 11, 2012 Jul 12, 2012

The EESC stresses the usefulness of the Youth Opportunities initiative and is ready to get involved in implementing the initiative by cooperating with the social partners and civil society organisations and through joint action with stakeholders to promote it. The EU's austerity policy and the lack of a clear and generally recognised growth policy could jeopardise the success of the Youth Opportunities initiative, therefore it is vital to create an appropriate economic and financial environment. The EESC emphasises the importance of appropriate education, training and careers advice and believes that it is appropriate to support first work experience and on-the-job training. Quality apprenticeships, placements in enterprises and traineeships are an important means for young people to acquire skills and work experience. The first job should guarantee a set of minimum employment standards. The creation of new high-quality jobs must remain a priority.

EESC opinion: Youth Opportunities Initiative

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/611-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.

Information memo: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential

Adopted on 02/07/2015
Reference: 
SOC/514-EESC-2014-04496-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
509 -
Jul 01, 2015 Jul 02, 2015

Sport helps meet the EU’s strategic objectives, brings to the fore key educational and cultural values and is a conduit of integration, since it is open to all members of the public, regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, religion, age, nationality, social situation or sexual orientation. Sport is a tool to tackle intolerance, xenophobia and racism. The principle of good governance and sound management should ensure integrity in sporting competitions.

EESC opinion: Sport and European Values

Adopted on 27/02/2014
Reference: 
SOC/499-EESC-2013-8054
Plenary session: 
496 -
Feb 26, 2014 Feb 27, 2014

Traineeships have become an important gateway through which young people enter the labour market. However, although traineeships have become standard in European labour markets, their spread has been accompanied by growing concerns as to learning content and working conditions. To facilitate access to employment, traineeships should offer good quality learning content and adequate working conditions.

EESC opinion: Quality framework for traineeships

Adopted on 18/09/2012
Reference: 
INT/593-EESC-2012-138
Plenary session: 
483 -
Sep 18, 2012 Sep 19, 2012

The EESC considers that this issue needs to be analysed very thoroughly and placed within an EU framework taking into consideration the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Special emphasis must be placed on empowering, informing and educating children, families and teachers. The EESC calls on advertisers and sponsors to adopt and apply the highest levels of protection of children's rights.

EESC opinion: Advertising / young people and children

Adopted on 06/12/2017
Reference: 
SOC/565-EESC-2017-02650-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The opinion deals with the prevention of "radicalisation" of young people. For the purpose of this opinion, radicalisation is understood as a process through which individuals or groups become extremists eventually using, promoting or advocating violence for their aims. The opinion highlights activities undertaken by civil society and calls for continuing to work on a coherent EU-concept, including sustainable and effective European support, funding and coordination.

EESC opinion: Prevention of radicalisation

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