Press Summaries

  • The EESC believes there is a need to intervene to ensure that specific illegal activities carried out by influencers are treated evenly across the EU, requiring advertising messages to:

     

    • be clearly identifiable as such; and
    • comply with sector-specific rules in order to protect the health and safety of consumers and users, especially minors and other vulnerable groups.

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  • The Committee advises the following:

     

    • The Commission should carry out an audit to identify how the EU can control and improve its value chains and avoid excessive dependencies.
    • It should also work a competitiveness check into EU decision-making. 
    • The GDIP and the NZIA should not focus narrowly on promoting green technologies and picking "winners", but rather encourage the development of a diverse industrial sector.

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  • The EESC: 

    • highlights that the completion of the banking union is necessary to reduce market fragmentation and strengthen the regulatory framework for banking crises and deposit insurance;
    • insists that swift, flexible, and pragmatic responses to banking crises are crucial to manage banking crises. A tailored response is necessary in terms of regulatory measures, tools, stakeholder cooperation, execution speed, and financial resources used;
    • encourages the co-legislators to ensure a proportional application of the Public Interest Assessment to small, medium-sized and local banks, and to minimize legal uncertainty;

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  • The EESC:

    • observes that the green transition's impact will vary across the EU, and Member States must address social challenges to maintain stability and legitimacy while avoiding populist opposition;
    • stresses that targeted analysis is crucial for identifying households affected by the green transition, enabling governments to take appropriate measures to support poorer and vulnerable households;
    • identifies two main risks of the green transition: growing income disparities and the displacement of industrial sectors and jobs. To mitigate these risks, national fiscal measures should be implemented;

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  • The EESC:

    • welcomes the Commission's proposal for a regulation and underlines the importance of fast, effective and simplified procedures, together with appropriate terms, conditions and prices, which can be applied everywhere in a consistent manner, throughout the EU;
    • appreciates the decision to use a regulation as the legal instrument, rather than a directive, as this ensures uniformity and limits fragmentation of national laws;
  • The EESC proposes to: 

    • considers access to safe, clean and quality water a fundamental right;
    • develop an EU Blue Deal and an EU Water Agenda;
    • rationalise water consumption through the implementation of a price differentiation between consumption for domestic use and essential public services, and consumption for productive use. Water prices should be set according to the "polluter pays principle";
    • establish a Blue Transition Fund;

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  • The EESC:

    • points out that businesses and workers need to have proper avenues for participating in environmental protection and addressing climate change. It suggests that issues related to the green transition should receive more attention in collective bargaining, while respecting national industrial relations systems and social partner autonomy;
    • calls for collective bargaining to address issues such as employment, social cohesion, job creation, sector transitions, worker training, older workers' vulnerability, workplace health and safety, commuting in cities and energy efficiency;
    • urges the EU, Member States and social partners to take more committed  measures to promote green-focused collective bargaining. It suggests considering the concept of designated employees as environmental transition representatives or contact points in the workplace.
  • The EESC:

    • urges the European Commission and the Member States to apply a human rights-based approach to all water policies and to address water poverty, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR);
    • calls on the Commission to establish a unified approach to water poverty at the EU level. This involves developing a comprehensive European definition of water poverty while allowing each Member State to adapt it to their specific context;
    • calls on the Commission to create common guidelines for monitoring access to quality and affordable water and sanitation services (WSS).
  • The EESC:

    • encourages reforming EU health systems for mental health by focusing on prevention, early detection, and community-based care;
    • recommends that the EU Comprehensive Plan on Mental Health is swiftly transposed in an EU Mental Health Strategy, which has a timeframe, funding, defined responsibilities and progress indicators;
    • supports the development of person-centred mental health care systems that empower individuals and promote their active involvement in their own recovery and stresses the urgent need for inclusive care that caters to the specific requirements of vulnerable groups.
  • The EESC:

    • calls for a paradigm shift in the treatment of older people, moving from a care-based approach to empowering them and eliminating ageist attitudes;
    • urges the EU to adopt a comprehensive European strategy for older persons, safeguarding their rights and promoting their full participation in society and the economy;
    • encourages the drafting and signing of a European declaration on older persons to demonstrate the commitment towards developing the European strategy for older persons.