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Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Riferimento: 
REX/502-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The Western Balkan countries have some of the lowest female labour force participation and employment rates across Europe. Almost two-thirds of working age women in the region are either inactive or unemployed. The gender gap starts early and persists across all age groups.

The report will try to find out the correlation between education, employment opportunities, family responsibilities and the nowadays status of the women in the region and to propose adequate measures for improving the situation of women in the region.

EESC section opinion: Women in the Western Balkans (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Riferimento: 
NAT/737-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The annual revision of the Eurostat SDG Report must be an opportunity for broader dialogue with civil society concerning which indicators be included and what the target for each of these should be. This own-initiative opinion examines how organised civil society could be better involved in a more qualitative follow-up of the annual revision of the Eurostat SDG report as part of SDG monitoring and follow-up programmes that have been established.

EESC opinion: Indicators better suited to evaluate the SDGs – the civil society contribution (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 08/02/2018
Riferimento: 
NAT/718-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
532 - Feb 15, 2018

The recommendations of this opinion would be principally addressed to the political decision-makers at different levels in order to practically align the policies to the needs of non-state climate actors.

EESC opinion: Boosting climate actions by non-state actors

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Riferimento: 
NAT/739-EESC-2018-02466
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The future Austrian Presidency of the Council has requested the EESC to draw up an exploratory opinion on the Bioeconomy, and how it can contribute to achieving the EU's climate, energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals.

EESC opinion: Bioeconomy – contributing to achieving the EU's climate and energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals (exploratory opinion requested by the Austrian Presidency)

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Riferimento: 
NAT/732-EESC-2018-02522
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The Commission is proposing a targeted revision of the General Food Law Regulation coupled with the revision of eight pieces of sectoral legislation, to bring them in line with the general rules and strengthen transparency in the area of GMOs, feed additives, smoke flavourings, food contact materials, food additives, food enzymes and flavourings, plant protection products and novel foods.

EESC opinion: Transparency in scientific assessments and governance of EFSA

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