Millions of construction workers risk getting cancer from asbestos exposure during the EU-wide building renovation wave. To better protect them, organised civil society has called for stricter exposure limits than the European Commission proposes in its amended Asbestos at Work Directive.
Additional measures proposed by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) would strengthen a European Commission proposal aimed at countering abusive lawsuits against those who contribute to public debate on topical issues, including journalists and rights defenders. These measures include the introduction of preliminary rulings, time limits, or exclusion of the possibility for a person other than the plaintiff to fund legal action.
In an own-initiative opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recommends promoting the use of hybrid debt to fund SMEs. This would diversify funding sources and reduce reliance on bank loans, while encouraging investment and supporting the Capital Markets Union.
In this own-initiative opinion approved during its October plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the European Central Bank (ECB) in its assessment of the risks and benefits of introducing a digital euro. The EESC believes the adoption of a digital euro will benefit everyone in the euro area by making payment transactions quicker and more efficient, but financial and digital inclusiveness will be crucial for its potential roll-out. The EESC will continue to follow the work of the ECB as it considers the design of a possible digital euro.
In an own-initiative opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlighted the many benefits of a green EU strategy for expanding plant protein and plant oil production and proposed how that strategy should look. These benefits include reducing the EU’s dependence on imports and a contribution to the development of rural areas.
On eve of COP27, EESC plenary to urge joint action to avert existential threat.
26 October, 2.30 to 7.30 pm; 27 October, 9 am to 1 pm - Charlemagne building
Following the European Gender Equality Week organised by the European Parliament (24-30 October), chaired by the Vice-President Evelyn Regner, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supporting this initiative, is planning a series of thematic debates organised by the various sections.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has given a favourable assessment of the European Commission's guidelines for Member States' employment policies, describing them as appropriate since they address the most urgent issues in the labour market.
At its September plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) reiterates its strong support for the Green Deal commitments, even though the economic effects on the ongoing war in Ukraine cannot be disregarded. The EESC adopted an own-initiative opinion on the EU industry decarbonisation technologies. The EESC reiterates the need to maintain a solid industrial basis in the EU.
The appeal of living in the countryside may have grown over the past few years, but many rural areas in the EU still battle with a number of problems that prevent people from staying or moving there