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Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referencia: 
TEN/690-EESC
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's steps to ensure basic international HVG freight transport connectivity on a temporary basis between the Union and the United Kingdom.

The EESC welcomes the fact that the proposal for a regulation under examination grants UK road haulage operators the right, until 31/12/2019, to move freely within Union territory, in compliance with the common EU rules on access to the international haulage market, and provided that Union carriers can also move freely on UK territory under fair, equal and non-discriminatory conditions of competition.

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referencia: 
TEN/689-EESC
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

In an – increasingly probable – "no Withdrawal Agreement" scenario, the legislation of the EU, in particular Regulation 1008/2008, would cease to apply for air services between the UK and the EU. This creates legal uncertainty, jeopardises planning stability and endangers continued connectivity for services between the UK and the EU. The EESC supports the thrust of the proposed Regulation as a contingency measure to secure basic air connectivity.

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referencia: 
TEN/688-EESC
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC underlined repeatedly that international aviation can only assume its role as an enabler for economic growth sustainably, if highest levels of safety are maintained. Prerequisites for safety are uniform standards which are implemented by all stakeholders and monitored by empowered agencies. Brexit may jeopardise such standards and uniform application in Europe in the field of aviation safety, because the pertinent EU regulations could no longer apply to UK aviation stakeholders as of March 2019.

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
INT/854-EESC-2018-02861-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC calls on the authorities at all levels to engage in close cooperation with all the stakeholders with a view to drawing up a specific action plan on the future of European retail in the 21st century.

EESC opinion: Retail sector (Communication)

Ongoing (updated on 15/02/2019)
Referencia: 
INT/880-EESC

Blockchain can be compared to a huge public and anonymous book, to which each and everyone can contribute freely. Social Economy and blockchain have the concept of cooperation in common. The opinion will try to explore how blockchain could serve as a tool for Social Economy, how it could build an infrastructure which would allow  for this economic model to reinforce its societal impact and therefore  contribute to a better world by focusing on values like fairness, cooperation and solidarity.

Information memo: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 15/02/2019)
Referencia: 
TEN/679-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

Digitalisation offers a wealth of new possibilities allowing people to make choices for a better life in an unprecedented way. On the other hand, the more digitalisation dominates our life, the more we can also be manipulated.  The EESC calls for transparent rules to be developed, adapted and applied to these rapidly evolving technologies. Good persuasive technology should involve training, not manipulation, and comply with the principle of people's free choice, to guarantee human autonomy.

EESC section opinion: The digital revolution in view of citizens' needs and rights (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
SOC/574-EESC-2018-02459-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 - Dec 12, 2018

The EESC points out that a non-immigration scenario in Europe would mean among other things that Member States' economies would suffer substantially; demographic challenges would be aggravated; pension systems might become unsustainable; racism and xenophobia would flourish even more than at present. Non-integration bears economic, socio-cultural and political risks and costs. Hence, investment in migrant integration is the best insurance policy against potential future costs, problems and tensions.

EESC opinion: The costs of non-immigration and non-integration

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
SOC/586-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This opinion responds to a request from European Parliament for an exploratory opinion on gender equality in European labour markets, which had put a special emphasis on the pay situation and care obligations.
The opinion considers it necessary to draw up an integrated and ambitious European strategy to tackle systemic and structural obstacles and lead to policies for improving equality between women and men and to help implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. It reiterates the EESC positions on the gender pay gap and work-life balance and recommends gender neutral pay systems. It pleads to fight gender segregation in education, training and the labour market, in particular of women belonging to vulnerable groups.

EESC opinion: Gender equality in European labour markets (Exploratory opinion from the European Parliament)

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Referencia: 
REX/510-EESC-2018-EESC-2018-05144-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

The EU today faces an increasing demand for a constructive dialogue with civil society on trade, as seen with CETA and TTIP. Domestic advisory groups (DAG) are a great way to connect citizens with trade issues. DAG should responsibly advise on all aspects of EU Trade Agreements.

Domestic advisory groups should be advisory, consultative, institutionalized and competent to cover all provisions of FTAs.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all FTAs is an indispensable element in the strategic ambitions of the external policies of the EU.

The EESC considers its participation in DAGs valuable and wishes to continue to be part of all of them.

EESC opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

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