Opinions

  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
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    SOC/784-EESC-2023
    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.

    EESC opinion: Roadmap on anti-drug trafficking
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
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    CCMI/220-EESC-2023
    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.

    EESC opinion: Towards a more resilient, competitive and sustainable Europe
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
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    INT/1049-EESC-2023-05478-00-00-AC-TRA-EN
    Workers - GR II
    Malta
    Plenary session number
    587
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    The proposal for a Directive to amend the Package Travel Directive aims to make the protection of travellers more effective, including in crisis situations.

    EESC opinion: Revision of the package travel directive
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
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    REX/580-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - 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.

    EESC opinion: EU-UK youth engagement
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2023
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    ECO/631-EESC-2023
    Plenary session number
    587
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    This opinion focuses on the reform and investment measures in the Member States, in particular those based on the Country-Specific Recommendations 2023, and their implementation, in order to assess the effectiveness of these measures and the possibilities for better targeting of proposals, improved implementation and the monitoring and involvement of organised civil society in the procedures. This opinion also looks at issues concerning the ongoing reform of the EU’s economic governance rules, the central objective of which is to strengthen public debt sustainability while promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in all Member States through reforms and investment. Moreover, the opinion continues the previous consultation exercises by examining the state of the implementation of the reforms and investments provided for in the national Recovery and Resilience Plans and which are financially supported by RRF funds.

    EESC opinion: Reform and investment proposals and their implementation in the Member States – what is the opinion of organised civil society? (2023-2024 European Semester cycle)
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 13/07/2023
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    NAT/914-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    587
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    EESC opinion "Towards a European Rural Agenda" (NAT/914).

    EESC opinion: Towards a greater involvement of Member States, Regions and Civil Society actors in the implementation of the Long-Term Vision for the EU's Rural Areas
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
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    ECO/629-EESC-2023-04143
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    587
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    EESC opinion: Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT)
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
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    INT/1039-EESC-2023-04844-00-00-AC-TRA
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    587
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    The purpose of the opinion is to contribute to the further development of foresight in EU's policy-making. The opinion provides the EESC's views 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, as well as recommendations on how to strengthen the Strategic Foresight Agenda.

    EESC opinion: Strategic foresight report 2023
    EESC opinion on Strategic Foresight Report 2023
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
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    SOC/773-EESC-2024
    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.

    EESC opinion: Defence of democracy package
  • Hyväksytyt on 24/04/2024 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
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    INT/1028-EESC-2023-02172-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    France
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    587
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    EU competitiveness beyond 2030: looking ahead at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Single Market.

    EESC opinion: Long-term competitiveness strategy