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Ongoing (updated on 14/11/2018)
Referentni dokument: 
INT/875-EESC
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The exploratory opinion will aim to show how to boost social economy enterprises. It will seek to identify the best ways to strengthen their role in addressing tomorrow's challenges, in particular in the social field.

Adopted on 23/05/2018
Referentni dokument: 
INT/785-EESC-2018-04769-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
535 -
May 23, 2018 May 24, 2018

The EESC considers that social economy enterprises have a fundamental role since they are active in four key aspects of the migrant integration process: health and assistance, housing, training and education, as well as work and active inclusion. It believes that social economy enterprises can encourage and support not just the creation of new jobs, but also entrepreneurship and access to economic activities for migrants and refugees. It therefore asks the European institutions to prioritise policies geared towards social economy enterprises, a request it also made in its contribution to the Commission's 2018 work programme.

EESC opinion: Social economy enterprises / migrants

Adopted on 25/05/2016
Referentni dokument: 
INT/778-EESC-2016-00078-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

Europe is facing complex challenges calling for renewed social and economic models. To deliver progress, growth and wellbeing in Europe, a shift towards an innovation-based economy is needed. The EESC therefore calls on the European Commission to develop a policy framework to support these new business models emerging. The EESC calls on the Commission in the upcoming review of the Single Market strategy, due in 2017, to fully incorporate these new business models, and suggest new measures in this direction. It is crucial that Member States and the European Institutions fully recognise and promote "fairer" business models, which are centred on delivering innovation for social development by integrating social impact measurement in parallel to reporting economic progress.

EESC opinion: Innovation as a driver of new business models

Adopted on 10/12/2013
Referentni dokument: 
INT/721-EESC-2013-6135
Plenary session: 
494 -
Dec 10, 2013 Dec 11, 2013

The EESC welcomes the debate on social impact measurements for social enterprises. However it feels that an incorrect or rushed approach may counteract the EU Institutions’ aim to support the development of the social enterprise sector. The EESC therefore urges the Commission to prioritise further awareness-raising and full implementation of the Social Business Initiative agenda. It recommends that, rather than developing a new method, the Commission build awareness of the most commonly used principles.

EESC opinion: Social Impact Measurement

Ongoing (updated on 14/11/2018)
Referentni dokument: 
SOC/613-EESC
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

To help make sure that next year's elections to the European Parliament are organised in a free, fair and secure manner, the European Commission announced a set of concrete measures, including greater transparency in online political advertisements and the possibility to impose sanctions for the illegal use of personal data in order to deliberately influence the outcome of the European elections.

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Referentni dokument: 
SOC/600-EESC-2018-03636-00-02-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the new funds, very different to each other, that will give continuity to the work undertaken, and approves of the increase in their financial allocation. Equal treatment and anti-discrimination policies represent the pillars of European policies, including those concerning the integration of third-country nationals. The removal of the word "integration" from the title is worrying, as this could be seen as reflecting diminishing concern for this aspect. The Committee welcomes the importance given to flexibility in both funds, as this entails acknowledging the importance of better reflecting the needs of each Member States within the framework of joint action.

EESC opinion: Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) and Integrated Border Management Fund

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Referentni dokument: 
SOC/597-EESC-2018-02962-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the proposal for the ESF+ to improve merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy, and, as regards the ESF+, of the 6% decrease of the funding allocated to it. It calls for 30% of total resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion policies to be allocated to the ESF+ and for 30% of the ESF+ resources to be earmarked for social inclusion measures.

EESC opinion: European Social Fund+

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Follow-up to SOC/537 Tackling poverty and social exclusion

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