Opinions

  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/209-EESC-2023
    (Hungary
    Plenary session number
    582
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    The opinion will provide few but meaningful and concrete recommendations, reflecting the contributions made in the sections' and CCMI own-initiative opinions addressing the Blue Deal from their respective perspectives.

    EESC opinion: Umbrella Opinion "A call for an EU Blue Deal"
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    SOC/769-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Latvia
    Plenary session number
    582
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    The EESC calls for an action plan to properly implement the European Skills Agenda and its twelve proposed actions. Significant political efforts and systemic reforms in education and training and smart investments in human capital are needed to tackle skills-related challenges. Social partners, education providers and civil society organisations should work more together to design skills strategies that best respond to the needs of the labour market and society in general. The EESC points at the importance of improving EU and Member State initiatives regarding employee training in the workplace and creating the right incentives for employers to continue investing in the training of their workforce, with the involvement of social partners.

    EESC opinion: The impact of education on wages and labour productivity
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    INT/1024-EESC-2023-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    Improving Micro Small and Medium Enterprises’ (MSMEs) financial resilience is crucial to avoid unnecessary bankruptcies, loss of jobs and mitigate the impact of the past, ongoing and future crisis.

    EESC opinion: Strengthening MSMEs’ financial resilience and promoting second chance for entrepreneurs
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    INT/1020-EESC-2023
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    Europea Economic and Social Committee's opinion on Modern Business Responsibility – Avenues for Elevating MSMEs Ability for Successful Transformation (own-initiative opinion).

    EESC opinion: Modern Business Responsibility – Avenues for Elevating MSMEs Ability for Successful Transformation
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    INT/1019-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    The way forward to deepen the single market through digitalisation

    EESC opinion: A way forward for the deepening of the Single market through digitalization
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    TEN/802-EESC-2023-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Greece
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Plenary session number
    582
    -
    EESC opinion: Equity and efficiency considerations for maritime transportation
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    TEN/801-EESC-2023-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Plenary session number
    582
    -
    EESC opinion: Individual and collective energy self-consumption as a factor in the fight for the green and energy transition, and for economic and social balance
  • Adopted on 21/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/06/2023
    Reference
    TEN/816-EESC-2023-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Poland
    Plenary session number
    581
    -
    EESC opinion: Minimum breaks and rest periods for occasional passenger transport
  • Adopted on 21/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    ECO/622-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    581
    -

    The EESC welcomes the simpler and more transparent economic governance framework, the reduction of the pro-cyclical bias, the improvement in national ownership and strengthened enforcement, the differentiation and more tailored fiscal adjustment path of each Member State, based on a common-risk framework. However, the Committee proposes replacing the requirement obliging any Member State with a budget deficit of over 3% to cut that deficit by an average of 0.5% of GDP annually, and emphasises that the "technical trajectory" should be first in the hands of national governments and, at a second stage, be the result of a technical dialogue with the European Commission In due course. In due time, but by 2026 at the latest, an EU fiscal capacity should be established to meet at least some of the investment needs for common priorities and to allow Member States the fiscal space to meet the fiscal costs of the multiple transitions.

    EESC opinion: New economic governance rules fit for the future
  • Adopted on 21/09/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Reference
    REX/576-EESC-2023-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Cyprus
    Workers - GR II
    Poland
    Plenary session number
    581
    -
    EESC opinion: Joint communication on the update of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan: An enhanced EU Maritime Security Strategy for evolving maritime threats