Opinions with Civil Society Organisations - Group III members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
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    SOC/784-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    587
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    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.

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

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
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    SOC/773-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    587
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    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.

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
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    ECO/649-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Valmisteilla (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/07/2023
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    NAT/914-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    587
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    EESC opinion "Towards a European Rural Agenda" (NAT/914).

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
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    ECO/641-EESC-2024-00699
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    589
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    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.

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
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    CCMI/230-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    (Belgium
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Valmisteilla (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
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    CCMI/228-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Cyprus
    (Slovakia
    Plenary session number
    589
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  • Valmisteilla (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Viite
    CCMI/220-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    (France
    Plenary session number
    587
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    The EC Communication with title "Towards a more resilient, competitive and sustainable Europe" summarises what has been achieved to promote and build a more resilient, competitive and sustainable economy, protect EU citizens and guarantee their well-being.

    In its opinion, the EESC wishes to put forward its views on the Communication, adopted in connection with the Granada summit, so that its position can be taken into account during preparations for the next European legislative mandate. Given the range of issues addressed in the Communication, the opinion is focussing on four key sectors for the future of European strategic autonomy: the energy sector, the digital sector, the defence sector and the space sector. In its opinion, the EESC makes concrete proposals to highlight the need for a European economic and political power.

  • Valmisteilla (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 30/11/2023
    Viite
    REX/582-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    Visa-free travel brings significant benefits for the EU and partners around the globe. It makes travel more convenient and is an important tool to promote people-to-people contacts, tourism, economic development and cultural exchange. The EU currently has a visa-free regime in place with 60 third countries. Under this regime, nationals from these countries can enter the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. The EU’s visa-free policy is based on the principle of visa reciprocity.

    The number of travellers between the EU and visa-free non-EU countries in 2019 was 364.8 million. This represents a 7% increase from 2018.

    At the same time, the Commission’s monitoring of the EU’s visa-free regimes, including its reports under the Visa Suspension Mechanism, has shown that visa-free travel can also be the source of significant migration and security challenges.