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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)

Adopted on 19/01/2012
Reference: 
SOC/409-EESC-2012-147
Plenary session: 
477 -
Jan 18, 2012 Jan 19, 2012

The own-initiative opinion aims to clarify how post-secondary vocational education and training (VET) can have an added value in terms of labour market, learning outcomes, opening new educational pathways and social mobility in the EU. Forecasts of future skills needs in the EU show an increasing demand for a labour force with medium and high level qualifications which puts pressure on upgrading current VET systems in Member States. The Committee calls upon the Commission to encourage Member States to achieve the long-term and short-term objectives set out in the Bruges Communiqué and to improve the quality and efficiency of VET so as to enhance its attractiveness and relevance. The social partners at all levels must continue to play an active role in the Copenhagen process and help attain the short-term deliverables.

EESC opinion: Making post-secondary vocational education and training more attractive

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 21/03/2013
Reference: 
SOC/474-EESC-2012-2419
Plenary session: 
488 -
Mar 20, 2013 Mar 21, 2013

The EESC welcomes the Youth Employment Package. It recommends, whenever possible, the age limit for access to the scheme be increased to 30, to cover young people who leave university later or those who are still in a transition phase from education to employment and are still at risk of losing contact with the labour market. There is also need to improve the conditions for offering traineeships and ensure their quality.

EESC opinion: Youth Employment Package

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

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SOC/617-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

In this opinion, the Committee endorses, without comments, the Commission's proposal on the resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative.

The objective of the proposal is to adapt the amounts of resources available for economic, social and territorial cohesion set out in Article 91(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/20131, the amount of resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative ('YEI') set out in Article 92(5) of that Regulation and the annual breakdown of commitment appropriations reflected in Annex VI of that Regulation to reflect the increase of the resources of the YEI, in line with the adopted budget for 2019. More specifically, commitment appropriations for the specific allocation for the YEI should be increased by an amount of EUR 116,7 million in current prices, bringing the overall amount for 2019 up to EUR 350 million.

EESC opinion: Resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative (Amendment)

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