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Ongoing (updated on 18/03/2019)
Referencia: 
/-EESC-2019-00936
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC is a bridge between the EU and its citizens, through the diversity of its members, and as such would like to propose its ambitious vision for the future, with Europe becoming the global leader on sustainable development

Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and beyond)

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Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and beyond)

Ongoing (updated on 22/03/2019)
Referencia: 
TEN/687-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC takes careful note of the initiative's definition of disinformation as verifiably false or misleading information that is a threat to democracy and does public harm. Spreading disinformation has become a part of a hybrid war with a clear political aim. However, it also emphasises that, in addition to false information, highly selective information, defamation, scare-mongering and inciting hatred attack citizens' fundamental rights (freedoms) and minority rights.

Multiple actions from all stakeholders are needed to provide quality information and raise awareness. To this end, the EESC welcomes the initiative for coordinated action to protect the EU, its institutions and its citizens against disinformation. The EESC emphasises the urgency of such measures but is also concerned, however, that the impact of this action plan might be limited given that the May 2019 European elections are not far off.

EESC section opinion: Action Plan against Disinformation

Ongoing (updated on 22/03/2019)
Referencia: 
SOC/605-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Liberal democracy relies on civil liberties and a pluralistic civil society, but considerable political forces in today's Europe are challenging liberal democracy. The social, political and legal framework must allow for a pluralistic civil society. Strong social partners and civil society are needed to defend EU values. The EESC calls for the creation of a Democracy Semester, a European control mechanism, corrective economic measures for non-respect of fundamental EU values, the creation of a European statute for CSOs, or interinstitutional CSO authorisation and, tax incentives to support civil society. Burning social questions must be tackled, ensuring social sustainability and inclusive education.

EESC opinion: Resilient Democracy through a strong and diverse civil society (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 20/03/2019)
Referencia: 
SOC/554-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

In each of the 27 EU countries, there are laws or organisational arrangements which exclude some voters with disabilities from participating in EP elections. If the best practices from across all countries were implemented, an ideal system would emerge in which every EU citizen with disabilities not only would have the full possibility to vote but also would be able to choose for themselves the most convenient way in which to vote.

Information report: The real right of persons with disabilities to vote in EP elections

Ongoing (updated on 23/03/2019)
Referencia: 
SC/52-EESC-2018-5821
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion tables proposals on how to enhance the European project and bring it closer to its citizens.

EESC opinion: The Future of the EU: Benefits to citizens and respect for European values (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 23/03/2019)
Referencia: 
ECO/484-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of this proposal is to provide an update of EESC's positions related to the cohesion package presented by the Commission on May 2018. While the discussions in the Council and the Parliament are still ongoing, this opinion will reflect better the developments in view of a successful cohesion policy in the post-2020 period.

The Romanian presidency who has asked for this opinion proposes that  the conclusions drawn in this opinion could stimulate the informal ministerial debate of the cohesion ministers to be held in April 2019.

EESC opinion: The future of cohesion policy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 11/03/2019)
Referencia: 
NAT/754-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the hormonal system and, as a consequence, negatively affect the health of humans and animals. With this Communication, the Commission is updating its approach on EDCs  for the years to come, building on the increased knowledge, experience gained and results achieved in the twenty years since the adoption of the Community Strategy on endocrine disruptors.

EESC section opinion: Towards a more comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors

Ongoing (updated on 13/03/2019)
Referencia: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

EESC section opinion: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 20/03/2019)
Referencia: 
REX/504-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC considers there is no better moment in the history of European integration for the EU to lead the way by charting a new direction for peace-building worldwide.

The EESC presents The WhiteDoveWay, a metaphorical and physical route map pointing the way forward, focusing on conflict prevention, civil society involvement, and effective communication using education and information, and a European Path of Peace to physically engage citizens so they are included and empowered in the EU peace process.

The EESC calls for the new EU budget to devote greatly increased funds to conflict prevention in all EU external relations peace programmes.

The EESC strongly recommends greater involvement of civil society in the decision-making process.

The EESC calls for a serious communication effort to promote the role of education and information to deliver the EU peace-building story.

EESC section opinion: The White Dove Way – Proposal for an EU-led Global Peace-building strategy (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 18/03/2019)
Referencia: 
REX/506-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC regularly produces information reports to be presented at the yearly Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar institutions. In 2018, based on feedback from the previous summit, the Euromed Follow-Up Committee decided to focus on the topic of education and vocational training (VET) in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Education and vocational training in the Euromed region (Information report)