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Hyväksytyt on 02/12/2020
Viite: 
SOC/643-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

Through this opinion, requested by the German Presidency of the Council, the EESC recognises the essential role of smoothly functioning public services in defending core EU values. The opinion highlights their particular role in times of crisis, like COVID-19, which calls for the maximum human and financial support. The EESC proposes common European principles to support the role of public services in defence of democracy. They include the principles of neutrality, legality, proportionality, equal treatment and transparency; the right to good administration; independent oversight; the protection of public services staff against decisions breaching the rule of law; accessibility; interoperability; and the respect of the rule of law including when receiving EU funds.

ETSK:n lausunto: Principles for public services (i.e. public services for citizens, public administration) that contribute directly to the stability of the free democratic basic order (democracy and the rule of law) in EU countries (Exploratory opinion at the reques

Hyväksytyt on 02/12/2020
Viite: 
SOC/638-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

The aim of this  own - initiative opinion is to put forward recommendations to overcome existing obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from voting in EP elections in the EU. Indeed, in each of the 27 EU countries, there are rules or organisational arrangements that deprive some voters with disabilities of their right to vote. The EESC considers this unacceptable and contrary to the fundamental values of the EU, to the provisions of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and to many international legal and political acts. Therefore, the EESC calls on the EP, the European Council and Member States to urgently amend the 1976 Electoral Act by clarifying the principles of universality, directness and secrecy of elections, so as to allow the implementation of common standards granting the right to vote to all EU citizens.

ETSK:n lausunto: The need to guarantee real rights for persons with disabilities to vote in European Parliament elections (additional opinion)

Hyväksytyt on 29/10/2020
Viite: 
ECO/529-EESC-2020-03577
Täysistunto: 
555 -
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 29, 2020

ETSK:n lausunto: Amendments to financial regulation to facilitate economic recovery post Covid-19

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
INT/906-EESC-2020-01962
Täysistunto: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

ETSK:n lausunto: Strengthening non-profit social enterprises as an essential pillar of a socially equitable Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
CCMI/174-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The European Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ proposes to use public procurement as a tool to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Such ‘green public procurement’ is necessary to move toward a carbon-neutral society. However, the Commission omits that public procurement which makes up to 11% of GDP can be a tool for a fairer, more equitable society and can produce sustainable growth. At present, the ‘green public procurement’ and social considerations are discussed in different DGs. An opinion by the EESC-CCMI could bring social and ecological considerations in regards to public procurement together.

ETSK:n lausunto: Public procurement as a tool to create value and dignity in work in cleaning and facility services (own-initiative opinion)

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
Viite: 
NAT/788-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

This opinion will look into the possibilities to engage with young people in a formal way at institutional level and provide the building blocks for a new structured approach to youth engagement at EU level.

ETSK:n lausunto: Towards structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process (own-initiative opinion)

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