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Adopted on 23/01/2019
Referentni dokument: 
REX/510-EESC-2018-EESC-2018-05144-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

The EU today faces an increasing demand for a constructive dialogue with civil society on trade, as seen with CETA and TTIP. Domestic advisory groups (DAG) are a great way to connect citizens with trade issues. DAG should responsibly advise on all aspects of EU Trade Agreements.

Domestic advisory groups should be advisory, consultative, institutionalized and competent to cover all provisions of FTAs.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all FTAs is an indispensable element in the strategic ambitions of the external policies of the EU.

The EESC considers its participation in DAGs valuable and wishes to continue to be part of all of them.

EESC opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

Information memo: Education about the European Union: its functioning, positive achievements and concrete benefits for citizens (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Information memo: Taxation – qualified majority voting

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
ECO/484-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of this proposal is to provide an update of EESC's positions related to the cohesion package presented by the Commission on May 2018. While the discussions in the Council and the Parliament are still ongoing, this opinion will reflect better the developments in view of a successful cohesion policy in the post-2020 period.

The Romanian presidency who has asked for this opinion proposes that  the conclusions drawn in this opinion could stimulate the informal ministerial debate of the cohesion ministers to be held in April 2019.

Information memo: The future of cohesion policy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
INT/880-EESC

Blockchain can be compared to a huge public and anonymous book, to which each and everyone can contribute freely. Social Economy and blockchain have the concept of cooperation in common. The opinion will try to explore how blockchain could serve as a tool for Social Economy, how it could build an infrastructure which would allow  for this economic model to reinforce its societal impact and therefore  contribute to a better world by focusing on values like fairness, cooperation and solidarity.

Information memo: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
INT/875-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 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.

Information memo: Social economy enterprises' contribution to a more cohesive and democratic Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 18/02/2019)
Referentni dokument: 
SOC/584-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC launched the idea of a Framework Directive on a European Minimum Income already in 2013 (SOC/482). As the principle of minimum income was integrated in the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), it was again supported twice by the EESC (SOC/542 and SOC/564). Applying the open method of coordination (OMC) as the only mechanism to reduce poverty continues to be insufficient to achieve the target set in the Europe 2020 Strategy. Introducing a binding European framework for a decent minimum income in Europe, enabling minimum income schemes in the Member States to be made "decent" (adequate) is a key European response to the serious and persistent problem of poverty in Europe.

EESC section opinion: For a European Framework directive on a Minimum Income (own initiative opinion)

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Referentni dokument: 
TEN/684-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Commission's initiative, considering it an important step in developing an industrial strategy for cybersecurity and a strategic move to achieve robust and comprehensive digital autonomy. These aspects are essential for strengthening Europe's defence mechanisms against the ongoing cyberwarfare that threatens to undermine its political, economic and social systems.

EESC opinion: European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres

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