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In elaborazione (updated on 05/09/2019)
Riferimento: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

Information memo: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

In elaborazione (updated on 05/08/2019)
Riferimento: 
SC/53-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The proposed opinion will look at new approaches to more fairly distributing the burden of transformation towards a sustainable Europe.

Information memo: Leaving no one behind when implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (own-initiative opinion)

In elaborazione (updated on 16/07/2019)
Riferimento: 
REX/518-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

A system of corporate liability for human rights abuses is currently being negotiated in the UN, within the UNHRC’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises concerning human rights (OEIGWG), established by the UN General Assembly on 26 June 2014. The mandate of the working group is to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Information memo: Binding UN agreement on business and human rights (own-initiative opinion)

In elaborazione (updated on 15/07/2019)
Riferimento: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Against a background of rising poverty levels during the crisis, levels that remain high in many Member States, in particular among the unemployed, this own-initiative opinion would address the huge differences in levels of protection under national unemployment insurance systems within the EU.
Possible standards in this respect could be:

  • a minimum standard for the net replacement rate of unemployment benefits;
  • a minimum standard of coverage ratio of unemployed people receiving unemployment payments;
  • a minimum standard for the duration of unemployment benefit entitlement;
  • a right to (re)qualification and training

With the objective of promoting upward social convergence within the EU, the proposal for such standards is a concrete step towards effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights recently announced by the EU institutions in Gothenburg.

Information memo: Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States – a concrete step towards the effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

In elaborazione (updated on 13/06/2019)
Riferimento: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

Information memo: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

In elaborazione (updated on 03/06/2019)
Riferimento: 
INT/887-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

In this communication, the Commission is taking a three-step approach: setting-out the key requirements for trustworthy AI, launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on international consensus building for human-centric AI.

Information memo: Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence (Communication)

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