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  • On 30 June, the Diversity Europe Group held a webinar under the banner of the Conference on the Future of Europe on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the mental health and employability of young people.

  • With recent surveys showing that 66% of Europeans would like the EU to have more say over health-related matters, and more than a half in favour of public health becoming the EU's top priority in terms of expenditure, the EU should start playing a more active role in protecting the health of its citizens. The EESC thinks that the Commission's recent package on an EU Health Union is a step in the right direction.

  • Il nuovo piano europeo di lotta contro il cancro, ambizioso e olistico, ha ottenuto il plauso delle organizzazioni del settore e della società civile. Ora, poiché la pandemia sta avendo pesanti ripercussioni sulla diagnosi e la cura del cancro, il piano deve essere attuato con urgenza e in modo adeguato. La posta in gioco è altissima: senza un'azione decisiva, l'Europa potrebbe trovarsi di fronte a un vero e proprio tsunami oncologico, con il quale, in poco meno di 15 anni, il cancro diventerebbe la principale causa di morte.

  • Confrontate a tante barriere e con minori possibilità di mantenere la distanza sociale e fisica, le persone con disabilità sono più esposte al rischio di contrarre la COVID-19 e di sviluppare una forma grave della malattia. Tuttavia, nell'UE non sono state esplicitamente incluse nei gruppi prioritari per la vaccinazione.

  • COVID-19 has blatantly exposed all the cracks and fissures in the European health systems and shown the EU to be unprepared for dealing with major health emergencies. But the first building blocks of the future European Health Union, recently proposed by the Commission, look promising and may give the EU the right weapons to fight pandemics in the future

  • The European Economic and Social Committee backs up the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative of the European Commission. The initiative is aimed at promoting investment in the healthcare systems of the European Member States and other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the EU would mobilise cash reserves, i.e. unspent pre-financing for EU funds, and provide financial support.

  • On 25 March 2020, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a generally favourable position on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Council Regulation on the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The proposed regulation aims to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the European Union that are seriously affected by major public health emergencies, such as the current pandemic.

  • Hearing live-in care Poland
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    Reference number: 32/2018

    The EESC held the fourth of its Going Local meetings on the live-in care sector in the EU, this time in Poland. The country provides much of the sector's workforce in western EU Member States, but has itself started to face a serious shortage of qualified carers in recent years

  • Transformation process requires European-wide cooperation

    The European institutions must spearhead the optimizing of Europe's medical technology industry, as its performance is currently plagued by excessive fragmentation and growing competition pressures, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said at its plenary session on 14 February.

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    45/2017

    A few weeks before the European Commission was to vote on a ten year renewal of the glyphosate licence, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offered a forum for discussion during its plenary on Wednesday. Two of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) proponents, David Schwartz from WeMove.org and Herman van Bekkem from Greenpeace, were invited to present the goals of their initiative.