- Sustainable development must be better integrated in the semester
- Policies must boost high quality public and private investment
- Implementation of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) is key
546th plenary session with the following guests: David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament; Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman; Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, Tuomas Saarenheimo, Permanent Under-Secretary for International and Financial Market Affairs, Finland, Christian
I want to congratulate the elected President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for having built a strong College in such a short time. Mrs von der Leyen stood by her commitments to finalise a gender-balanced list of proposed Commissioners with strong credentials. ...
The EESC President
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Europski gospodarski i socijalni odbor (EGSO) raspisao je natječaj za Nagradu za civilno društvo za 2019. godinu. Ovogodišnja je tema Više žena u europskom društvu i gospodarstvu, a nagradit će se inovativne inicijative i projekti čiji je cilj borba za jednake mogućnosti za žene i muškarce i jednako postupanje prema njima u svim sferama gospodarskog i društvenog života.
2019 is the year we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of a real and living partnership – the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Over the last decade this partnership has gone through its share of difficulties. Yet, it not only endured - it developed, matured and delivered beyond what we foresaw at the beginning.
The EESC notes that the Global Compact is a non-binding instrument that does not create new obligations for EU Member States and its content is fully in line with the principles and values of the European Union, most notably Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, which includes – as its main values – respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.
The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives.
The EESC welcomes the fact that the Commission is driving the discussion on existing barriers in legislation and in this communication has started the discussion on possibilities of extending qualified majority voting in the area of social policy.
The Juncker Commission came into office with a commitment to focus on delivering the initiatives needed to support its political priorities and address the issues that really matter to people in the EU.
The EESC welcomes the proposal to use the passerelle clauses to establish a qualified majority in the Council and a co-decision system with the European Parliament. In this new set-up, the EESC could play an important role in supporting the trilogue and should be involved.