Opinions

  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 15/02/2024
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    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
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    SOC/802-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Ongoing (updated on 21/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 23/01/2023
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    NAT/894-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Hungary
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    585
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    Microplastics are persistent, very mobile, and hard to remove from nature. Microplastics are widespread in the world and in the human body, and a cause of growing concerns. Plastic pellets are found in water and soil, including agricultural lands, and harm ecosystems and biodiversity. Plastic pellets are the one of the largest sources of unintentional microplastic pollution.

    For the first time, the European Commission proposes measures to prevent microplastic pollution from the unintentional release of plastic pellets.

    EESC opinion: Preventing plastic pellet losses to reduce microplastics pollution
  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/07/2023
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    CCMI/219-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Italy
    EESC section opinion: A European Innovation Stress Test for an innovative and forward-looking industrial policy: the example of the pharmaceutical sector
  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
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    CCMI/224-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Ireland
    Plenary session number
    588
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    The European Commission has requested from the EESC an exploratory opinion on industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society. Building on EESC's previous work on the EU Blue Deal, this exploratory opinion aims to make concrete recommendations on how to boost the development and uptake of new water technologies and best practices in the EU and support notably industries in the transformation towards a water-resilient society, taking into account sectoral constraints.

  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
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    NAT/931-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    588
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  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
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    INT/1055-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    591
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    The exploratory opinion requested by the Commission will focus on General Purpose AI models and the systems based on these models, their use by institutions, bodies and businesses and the impact they have on economy and society. Its aim is to support the implementation of the Artificial Intelligence Act, in particular as regards General Purpose AI and their governance. It will, more specifically, contribute to the preparation of the codes of practice in relation to General Purpose AI, provide recommendations on the next steps in the field and engage in the global discussions around General Purpose AI and their governance.

  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
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    TEN/835-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
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  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
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    SOC/791-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Employers - GR I
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
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    European Works Councils (EWCs) are information and consultation bodies which ensure that employees are involved in decisions related to transnational issues. They concern companies with over 1,000 employees operating in at least two EU or European Economic Area countries. The current Directive 2009/38/EC sets out the procedures for establishing EWCs and informing and consulting them on transnational matters. The proposed revision aims to strengthen the role of EWCs by facilitating their creation, promoting more meaningful information and consultation, and ensuring they have the necessary capacity to carry out their work. It also seeks to improve the gender balance of EWCs.

  • Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
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    ECO/613-EESC-2023-00860
    Employers - GR I
    Sweden
    Plenary session number
    585
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    EESC opinion: Taxation of cross-border teleworkers globally and the impact on the EU