EESC Information newsletter - March 2021

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Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 559th EESC Plenary Session.

On Wednesday 24 March at 2.45 p.m., we will hold a debate on the European Disability Rights Strategy with Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality.

On the same day at 4 p.m., our Members will have a discussion with Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, on Enhancing the accession process – A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans.

On Thursday, 25 March, at 10 a.m., Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People, will share with us Trade Policy challenges ahead and the state of play for a socially inclusive economic recovery.

I will be glad to welcome you at our plenary session. To that end, I invite you to use webstreaming, which will allow you to follow all the votes and discussions remotely.

Best regards,

Christa Schweng
EESC President

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News from the ESCs

  • ESC of Greece (OKE): Mr Ioannis Paidas was elected new president of the Greek ESC for the 2021-2024 term.

Main opinions to be discussed during the upcoming session (24-25 March 2021)

  • Critical raw materials resilience: charting a path towards greater security and sustainability (CCMI/177), Mr Fornea (GR. II – RO)
  • Sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU (CCMI/178), Mr Choix (GR. I – FR)
  • Tackling non-performing loans in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic (ECO/540), Mr Kupšys (GR. III – LT)
  • Challenges of teleworking: organisation of working time, work-life balance and the right to disconnect (SOC/660), Mr Trindade (GR. II – PT)
  • Teleworking and gender equality: conditions so that teleworking does not exacerbate the unequal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work between women and men and for it to be an engine for promoting gender equality (SOC/662), Ms Angelova (GR. I –  BG)
  • State of the Energy Union Report 2020 and Assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans (TEN/724), Mr Ribbe (GR. III – DE)
  • The Single European Railway Area (TEN/727), Mr Back (GR. I – SE)
  • Enhancing the accession process – A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans (REX/533), Mr Zorko (GR. II –SI).

Main opinions adopted during the previous session (24-25 February 2021)

  • Summary of adopted opinions
  • Package for fair and simple taxation (ECO/531), Mr Andersson (GR. I – SE)
  • A Capital Markets Union for people and businesses – new action plan (ECO/533), Mr Bollon (GR. I – FR)
  • A Digital Finance Strategy for the EU (ECO/534), Mr Dandea (GR. II – RO)
  • Crypto-assets and distributed ledger technology (ECO/535), Mr Guerini (GR. III – IT)
  • Digital operational resilience (ECO/536), Mr García Del Riego (GR. I – ES)
  • The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 (ECO/537), Mr Balon (GR. III – PL)
  • Brexit Adjustment Reserve (ECO/542), Mr Marin (GR. II – RO)
  • Asylum management under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/669), Mr Dimitriadis (GR. I – EL)
  • Asylum procedures under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/670), Mr Gkofas (GR. III – EL)
  • A Renovation Wave for Europe (TEN/723), Mr Coulon (GR. II – FR)

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