Opinions with Workers' Group members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

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Tuairimí a glacadh on 27/04/2021
Tagairt: 
SOC/663-EESC-2020
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The EESC recommends, in order to achieve high-quality and inclusive education and training and lifelong learning for all, establishing achievable long-term goals and a constant monitoring system within the European Education Area (EEA) for each Member State. The teaching of key competences, including social sensitivity, empathy, intercultural dialogue and citizenship skills, should be applied across the whole education and training process. This opinion also points at the importance of taking a holistic approach to the implementation of recent EU initiatives on education, vocational education and training, skills, youth education and digital skills. The EESC calls on Member States to ensure effective support for those facing difficulties in accessing quality and inclusive adult education and training, via targeted funding for those in need, such as the unemployed, non-standard workers, the low-skilled and people with disabilities.

Tuairim ó CESE: How to promote, based on education and training, from a lifelong learning perspective, the skills needed for Europe to establish a more just, more cohesive, more sustainable, more digital and more resilient society

Tuairimí a glacadh on 24/03/2021
Tagairt: 
REX/533-EESC-2020-05956
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Key points

  • The EESC welcomes the Commission's communications adopted in 2020 in connection with the enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans and agrees that integrating the Western Balkan partners into the EU represents a geostrategic investment in the peace, stability, security and economic growth of the entire continent. The Western Balkans are an integral part of Europe and a geostrategic priority for the EU.
  • The EESC welcomes the European Green Deal, which includes specific objectives for the Western Balkans, as well as the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans accompanying the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

Tuairim ó CESE: Enhancing the accession process - A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans

Tuairimí a glacadh on 24/03/2021
Tagairt: 
CCMI/177-EESC-2020
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

In September 2020, the European Commission presented the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, which also contains the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials.

Tuairim ó CESE: Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability

Tuairimí a glacadh on 24/03/2021
Tagairt: 
SOC/662-EESC-2020
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Teleworking has the potential to support work-life balance and should be a means of promoting gender equality. For this, the burden of the unpaid care and domestic work performed by women must be fully shared with men. Then, the rules applying to the workplace must be applied to the home office, including on health and safety and protection against harassment and violence. As  there is no consolidated European framework on telework, it is necessary to assess existing rules' effectiveness. Social partners should review the 2002 Framework Agreement on Telework and give it a new impetus.

Tuairim ó CESE: Teleworking and gender equality - conditions so that teleworking does not exacerbate the unequal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work between women and men and for it to be an engine for promoting gender equality

Tuairimí a glacadh on 24/03/2021
Tagairt: 
SOC/660-EESC-2020-05278
Seisiún iomlánach: 
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

The pandemic expedited the shift to teleworking, and it became essential in tackling the health crisis. Lessons learned from the pandemic could lead to regulations in the EU and in the Member States be amended and new regulations created so as to promote the positive aspects of telework and protect the fundamental rights of workers. The Member States, with the involvement of the social partners, need to ensure that there is an appropriate national framework for teleworking, setting out the rules of play for companies and workers interested in adopting this form of work.

Tuairim ó CESE: Challenges of Teleworking: organization of working time, work life balance and the right to disconnect

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