Opinions

  • En curso (updated on 25/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Referencia
    INT/1039-EESC-04844-00-00-AC-TRA
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    The purpose of the opinion is to contribute to the further development of the foresight in the EU policy-making. The opinion will comment on the Commission's 2023 Annual foresight Report, which focused on the sustainability and people's wellbeing at the heart of Europe's Open Strategic Autonomy.

    EESC opinion on Strategic Foresight Report 2023
  • En curso (updated on 25/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referencia
    ECO/641-EESC-2024-00699
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
    -

    On 13 June 2023 the EC proposed a Council Recommendation on developing social economy framework conditions and noted that taxation policies can have "a significant role in fostering the social economy and ensuring that social economy entities can afford to operate alongside mainstream businesses, creating a more equitable business environment while contributing to social inclusion and improved access to employment". Given the wide and general approach of EC proposal – including inter alia references to the role of State aid, public procurement, and European funds – the above-mentioned taxation aspects need to be analysed and considered by the EESC.

  • En curso (updated on 24/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Referencia
    SOC/773-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In this Opinion on the Defence of Democracy package, the EESC fully supports the transparency objectives of the proposed Directive on interest representation of third countries, but it also strongly disagrees with the proposed means. It therefore calls for a comprehensive EU-level approach that does not stigmatise interest representation service providers, does not shrink civic spaces in the EU, and does not undermine the credibility of the EU as an international actor. Concerning the Recommendation on elections, the EESC calls for harmonising the electoral process in all Member States to make it more inclusive and resilient, and fully accessible for all EU citizens with disabilities. Concerning the Recommendation on participation, the EESC calls for strengthening participative democracy, reforming the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), and setting up an EU-level framework for effective participation.

  • En curso (updated on 24/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Referencia
    REX/590-EESC-REX/590 Screening of foreign investments in the Union
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    589
    -
  • En curso (updated on 24/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Referencia
    ECO/648-EESC-01524
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • En curso (updated on 24/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2024
    Referencia
    INT/1066-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    591
    -

    The Annual Competition Report for 2023 presents the key policy developments and legislative initiatives undertaken in 2022, as well as a selection of important enforcement actions.

  • En curso (updated on 23/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referencia
    REX/584-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    590
    -

    Practical information

    1. Composition of the Study Group
    2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Charlotte RIVE / Elisabete DIAS / Eduardo FRANCOZO
  • En curso (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Referencia
    SOC/784-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In order to improve the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime in the EU, the EESC recommends that Member States provide their customs administrations and police forces with adequate human and technical resources, decent pay, working conditions and continued training. The opinion highlights that trade unions representing police and customs officials should be involved to better identify human resources and equipment needs. The EESC advocates better cross-border law enforcement coordination between police and customs authorities, and better cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities as well as fiscal authorities in order to combat organised crime as effectively as possible. The opinion also underlines that combating the abuse of drugs necessitates a differentiated, whole-of-society approach, remarking that drug use should be tackled more by means of preventive and accompanying measures and less through repression.

  • En curso (updated on 22/04/2024)
    Referencia
    ECO/637-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

  • En curso (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Referencia
    SOC/786-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In this opinion, the EESC underlines that is highly important for the EU Talent Pool to be a practical, reliable, easy to use tool that is attractive for workers and employers and supports fair and ethical legal labour migration into the EU. It insists that skills and competences of workers from third countries should be assessed and swiftly validated to ensure that their skills are certified and they can obtain their qualifications when necessary.