Opinions

  • Ongoing (updated on 22/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    REX/579-EESC-2023-REX579
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    585
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    Since the inception of the Single Market, the EU has prioritized open, rule-based trade and economic stability. Recent global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions, underscored vulnerabilities in Europe's economic structure, compelling a strategic response. 

    EESC section opinion: European economic security strategy
  • Ongoing (updated on 22/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    NAT/929-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    589
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  • Ongoing (updated on 22/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    SOC/781-EESC-2023
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Poland
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    585
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    In this opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlights the challenges hindering efficient cross-border access to social security services, including bureaucratic complexity and uneven progress in digitalisation across Member States. While supportive of the European Commission's efforts to simplify processes and enhance digitalisation, the EESC emphasises the need for accelerated progress and urges developing comprehensive action plans considering diverse stakeholder needs. Recognising the overall need for digitalisation, the EESC stresses the importance of inclusive solutions for digitally excluded individuals as well as robust IT systems to ensure data protection and cybersecurity. Additionally, the EESC calls for the finalisation of the revision of Regulation 883/2004 to address obstacles to free movement more effectively.

    EESC opinion: Digitalisation in social security
  • Ongoing (updated on 22/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    INT/1047-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    585
    -

    The Commission is proposing to modernise and simplify rules on out-of-court dispute resolution to adapt them to digital markets. This proposal will expand the range of issues that can be resolved through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive out-of-court, including matters related to misleading advertising, access to services and unjustified geoblocking. To make this option more accessible to consumers, designated bodies such as the European Consumer Centres Network will assist consumers in understanding and accessing alternative dispute resolution procedures. The goal of the proposal is also to expedite the procedures. Improvements brought by the new rules: i) expanding the scope of the Directive; ii) incentivising the participation of businesses; iii) improving Consumer Assistance.

    EESC opinion: Alternative dispute resolution
  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
    Reference
    REX/580-EESC
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Ireland
    Plenary session number
    587
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    The EU-UK Follow-up Committee (Committee) was set up in March 2021 for the purpose of maintaining and strengthening relations between EU and UK civil society organisations, as well as for pursuing any activities contributing to enhancing the relationship between the EU and the UK.

  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Reference
    SOC/804-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    589
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    SOC/803-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Plenary session number
    592
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  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    SOC/802-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    SOC/801-EESC
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
    Reference
    SOC/800-EESC
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Poland
    Plenary session number
    590
    -