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Adottati on 15/05/2019
Riferimento: 
SOC/611-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.

EESC opinion: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adottati on 21/03/2019
Riferimento: 
NAT/754-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemical substances that alter the functioning of the hormonal system and, as a consequence, negatively affect the health of humans and animals. With this Communication, the Commission is updating its approach on EDCs  for the years to come, building on the increased knowledge, experience gained and results achieved in the twenty years since the adoption of the Community Strategy on endocrine disruptors.

EESC opinion: Towards a more comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors

Adottati on 21/03/2019
Riferimento: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
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.

EESC opinion: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adottati on 20/03/2019
Riferimento: 
INT/879-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

A European standardisation system that functions well contributes to overall economic growth, supports innovation and global competitiveness of the European industry. It also helps to ensure that the levels of safety, health and consumer and environmental protection set out in Union legislation are met in practice. It also facilitates market access while contributing to a continuous deepening of the Single Market and providing the necessary legal certainty.

EESC opinion: Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market

Adottati on 20/03/2019
Riferimento: 
TEN/687-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC takes careful note of the initiative's definition of disinformation as verifiably false or misleading information that is a threat to democracy and does public harm. Spreading disinformation has become a part of a hybrid war with a clear political aim. However, it also emphasises that, in addition to false information, highly selective information, defamation, scare-mongering and inciting hatred attack citizens' fundamental rights (freedoms) and minority rights.

Multiple actions from all stakeholders are needed to provide quality information and raise awareness. To this end, the EESC welcomes the initiative for coordinated action to protect the EU, its institutions and its citizens against disinformation. The EESC emphasises the urgency of such measures but is also concerned, however, that the impact of this action plan might be limited given that the May 2019 European elections are not far off.

EESC opinion: Action Plan against Disinformation

Adottati on 20/02/2019
Riferimento: 
NAT/755-EESC-2018-04568
Sessione plenaria: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion aims to analyse the link between current food systems and diet-related diseases;  identify policies, tools and instruments that are needed to foster healthier diets both on the supply and demand side, for example sustainable dietary guidelines, sustainable food labelling schemes, education modules in school curricula, information campaigns, specific agricultural schemes (such as the EU school food scheme), food product reformulation, etc.; highlight examples of good practices at national and local level - including civil society and business initiatives; contribute to the debate on the implementation of food-related SDGs and in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; provide recommendations for future EU action.

EESC opinion: Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in the EU (own-initiative opinion)

Adottati on 20/02/2019
Riferimento: 
TEN/690-EESC-2019
Sessione plenaria: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's steps to ensure basic international HVG freight transport connectivity on a temporary basis between the Union and the United Kingdom.

The EESC welcomes the fact that the proposal for a regulation under examination grants UK road haulage operators the right, until 31/12/2019, to move freely within Union territory, in compliance with the common EU rules on access to the international haulage market, and provided that Union carriers can also move freely on UK territory under fair, equal and non-discriminatory conditions of competition.

EESC opinion: Ensuring basic road freight connectivity after Brexit

Adottati on 20/02/2019
Riferimento: 
ECO/481-EESC-2018-05434
Sessione plenaria: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC welcomes the reforms aimed at increasing high-quality investment and productivity growth, inclusiveness and institutional quality, and to ensure macro-financial stability and sound public finances. The EESC also welcomes the recognition of the need for investment focused on education and training and the need to strengthen the EU’s social dimension. However, it remains to be specified how these objectives are to be achieved. The EESC underlines that progress is very slow and proposals often rather modest in areas where new policies have been proposed, including fair taxation, the banking union and the functioning of the euro area. Moreover, the EESC recognises the importance of addressing climate change but measures so far adopted remain insufficient.

 

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (communication)

Adottati on 20/02/2019
Riferimento: 
SOC/584-EESC-2018
Sessione plenaria: 
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 opinion: For a European Framework directive on a Minimum Income (own initiative opinion)

Adottati on 23/01/2019
Riferimento: 
ECO/485-EESC-2018-05763-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessione plenaria: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC is of the opinion that building economic resilience, an objective that underlies the recommendations of the European Commission on the economic policy of the euro area, is of the utmost importance for the euro area economies. However, the Committee would like to stress that the pursuit of economic resilience should go hand in hand with increased labour market resilience, that is, the capacity of labour markets to weather shocks with limited social costs.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy (2019)

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