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  • Adopted on 26/10/2022 - Bureau decision date: 24/02/2022
    Reference
    SOC/730-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy

    This opinion draws attention to  the needs of family members taking care of older, chronic ill or disabled relatives. Informal carers, as they are called, represented by a majority of women, work for free, and are more vulnerable to falling into poverty. The opinion calls for public policies in this field and a recognition of their important societal role.

    EESC opinion: The role of family members caring for people with disabilities and older persons: the explosion of the phenomenon during the pandemic
  • Adopted on 21/09/2022 - Bureau decision date: 22/03/2022
    Reference
    INT/990-EESC-2022-02531
    Employers - GR I
    Portugal

    The European strategy for data proposed the establishment of domain-specific common European data spaces. The European Health Data Space (‘EHDS’) is the first proposal of such domain-specific common European data spaces. It will address health-specific challenges to electronic health data access and sharing, is one of the priorities of the European Commission in the area of health and will be an integral part of building a European Health Union. EHDS will create a common space where natural persons can easily control their electronic health data. It will also make it possible for researchers, innovators and policy makers to use this electronic health data in a trusted and secure way that preserves privacy.

    EESC opinion: European Health Data Space
  • Adopted on 21/09/2022 - Bureau decision date: 20/01/2022
    Reference
    SOC/720-EESC-2022

    This opinion presents the EESC's contribution to the current discussion on the future of care and health across Europe and to the European Care Strategy. The Committee recommends setting common minimum standards to ensure that every one living in the EU has access to affordable, accessible and high-quality care, that there is proper investment in the care services and in health, that the health sector, care providers and health workers are properly recognised and valued, including through investment in skills, decent working conditions,  and the creation of quality jobs.

    EESC opinion: Health Workforce and Care Strategy for the future of Europe
  • Adopted on 13/07/2022 - Bureau decision date: 05/05/2022
    Reference
    SOC/735-EESC-2022
    Workers - GR II
    Hungary
    EESC opinion: COVID-19 - Sustaining EU Preparedness and Response: Looking ahead
  • Adopted on 13/07/2022 - Bureau decision date: 22/02/2022
    Reference
    SOC/726-EESC-2022
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Netherlands
    EESC opinion: Combatting violence against women
  • Adopted on 18/05/2022 - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2022
    Reference
    SOC/716-EESC-2022
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Poland
    EESC opinion: European Union Drugs Agency
  • Adopted on 23/03/2022 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    SOC/690-EESC-2021
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    EESC opinion: The EU action for Post COVID-19 period: recovering better through sport (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 23/02/2022 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2021
    Reference
    SOC/702-EESC-2021
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece

    In this opinion, the EESC presents its view on the Commission's proposal establishing the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority. (HERA), whose mission is to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to transnational health emergencies. The EESC welcomes this initiative but is concerned by the very limited role given by HERA to the European Parliament, regional authorities, health insurance bodies and civil society organisations and recommends their stronger involvement by adapting HERA structure and ensuring greater transparency with regard to the funds allocated and spent by and through HERA.

    EESC opinion: European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA)
  • Adopted on 19/01/2022 - Bureau decision date: 23/09/2021
    Reference
    SOC/703-EESC-2021
    Workers - GR II
    France

    This exploratory opinion, requested by the French Presidency of the EU, has the following objectives:

    EESC opinion: Social dialogue as a tool to promote health and safety at work
  • Adopted on 19/01/2022 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    SOC/687-EESC-2021
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain

    This Own-initiative Opinion analyses  the structural causes that have led to the elderly care systems in general and to the nursing homes in particular, to become some of the most contagious and lethal factors of this pandemic. To this end, the different systems that exist in EU Member States are compared to learn useful lessons.

    In addition, the opinion calls for the need to address the demographic transition as one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, alongside environmental and digital transitions.

    EESC opinion: Towards a New Care Model for the Elderly: learning from the Covid-19 pandemic (own-initiative opinion - Gr III)