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Adopted on 22/05/2013
Reference: 
SOC/485-EESC-2013-3206
Plenary session: 
490 -
May 22, 2013 May 23, 2013

The EESC agrees with the Commission on the need to change the rules of the Parliament and of the Council on the European Social Fund and the Structural Funds, but regrets that the funds for the Initiative for Youth Employment do not result from a strengthening of the EU budget but are taken from the overall budget for cohesion. The Committee is also convinced that the foreseen amount, i.e. € 6 billion, is insufficient given the magnitude of the problem and the urgency to solve it. Finally, the Committee reiterates that the maximum age giving access to the Youth Guarantee should be increased to 30 years to cover for people who are still in a transition phase from education to employment.

EESC opinion: Youth Guarantee (ESF)

Adopted on 18/09/2013
Reference: 
SOC/484-EESC-2013-3516
Plenary session: 
492 -
Sep 18, 2013 Sep 19, 2013

The aim of this recast is to allow the EU to attract talented non-EU students and researchers, while taking into consideration a certain risk of exploitation, to which trainees and au-pairs are particularly exposed. The proposal amends two existing directives: 1/ the “Students’ Directive” (Council Directive 2004/114/EC on the conditions of admission of third country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service): extending its scope to remunerated trainees and au-pairs and making mandatory provisions on unremunerated trainees; 2/ the “Researchers’ Directive” (Council Directive 2005/71/EC on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research).

EESC opinion: Entry and residence of third country nationals (recast)

Adopted on 04/06/2014
Reference: 
SOC/503-EESC-2014-474
Plenary session: 
499 -
Jun 04, 2014 Jun 05, 2014

Youth unemployment is a top policy priority of the EESC. Monitoring youth employment measures closely, the Committee is putting forward recommendations based on current practices in Member States. It also suggests that only a strategy geared towards growth and aimed at strengthening competitiveness and restoring the confidence of investors and households, as well as sustainable investment and an economic recovery plan, can stimulate demand for labour.

EESC opinion: Youth employment measures - Best practices

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
SOC/611-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 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.

EESC opinion: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

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