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Adottati on 27/04/2021
Riferimento: 
SOC/665-EESC-2020
Sessione plenaria: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The opinion, presenting EESC's position on the four proposals of the Health package published by the European  Commission in November 2020, supports and welcomes these initiatives but draws the attention on some elements.

  • The EU and Member States should ensure that everyone has equal access to quality, well staffed, well equipped health and social services. This is particularly important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic which has deepened existing inequalities.
  • Special attention in future EU policies should be given to healthcare workers and the need to improve working conditions, including pay, recruitment and retention, as well as their health and safety.
  • The new EU health package should be combined with the roll-out of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), particularly its principles 12, 16, 17 and 18 and the Action Plan on the EPSR. It should also be part of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.

Parere del CESE: Building a European Health Union

Adottati on 27/04/2021
Riferimento: 
SOC/661-EESC-2020
Sessione plenaria: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The EESC stresses the crucial importance of having effective training systems and the ability to anticipate skills needs at a time of profound upheavals due to the COVID-19 crisis. The EESC considers the social partners to be effective players in designing and managing training systems. They are very well placed to measure the skills needs of the labour market and must systematically play a major role in the development of qualifications and their content.

The EESC recommends drawing up national strategic agreements on vocational training and guidance, on the basis of negotiations between the authorities and the social partners, involving vocational education and training stakeholders.

Parere del CESE: Vocational training: the effectiveness of systems to anticipate and match skills and labour market needs and the role of social partners and different stakeholders

Adottati on 24/03/2021
Riferimento: 
INT/916-EESC-2020-05102-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessione plenaria: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

In its opinion, the EESC welcomes the very concrete Action Plan for the next five years to support national customs authorities. Once implemented, with regular impact assessments, it will lead to real modernisation of customs across the EU.

Parere del CESE: Customs Union action plan

Adottati on 24/03/2021
Riferimento: 
REX/533-EESC-2020-05956
Sessione plenaria: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Key points

  • The EESC welcomes the Commission's communications adopted in 2020 in connection with the enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans and agrees that integrating the Western Balkan partners into the EU represents a geostrategic investment in the peace, stability, security and economic growth of the entire continent. The Western Balkans are an integral part of Europe and a geostrategic priority for the EU.
  • The EESC welcomes the European Green Deal, which includes specific objectives for the Western Balkans, as well as the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans accompanying the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

Parere del CESE: Enhancing the accession process - A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans

Adottati on 24/03/2021
Riferimento: 
NAT/819-EESC-2021
Sessione plenaria: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Parere del CESE: Extension of the term of Community plant variety rights for the species asparagus and the species groups flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals

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