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Rengiamos (updated on 15/07/2019)
Nuoroda: 
SOC/583-EESC-2018
Plenarinė sesija: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Against a background of rising poverty levels during the crisis, levels that remain high in many Member States, in particular among the unemployed, this own-initiative opinion would address the huge differences in levels of protection under national unemployment insurance systems within the EU.
Possible standards in this respect could be:

  • a minimum standard for the net replacement rate of unemployment benefits;
  • a minimum standard of coverage ratio of unemployed people receiving unemployment payments;
  • a minimum standard for the duration of unemployment benefit entitlement;
  • a right to (re)qualification and training

With the objective of promoting upward social convergence within the EU, the proposal for such standards is a concrete step towards effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights recently announced by the EU institutions in Gothenburg.

Information memo: Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States – a concrete step towards the effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

Rengiamos (updated on 11/07/2019)
Nuoroda: 
CCMI/170-EESC-2019

The INT section is currently preparing an opinion on the Commission's Communication "Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence" COM(2019)168. The Commission considers that in order to achieve ‘trustworthy AI’, three components are necessary: (1) it should comply with the law, (2) it should fulfil ethical principles and (3) it should be robust. Based on these three components and the European values, the guidelines identify seven key requirements that AI applications should respect to be considered trustworthy. The guidelines also include an assessment list to help check whether these requirements are fulfilled. The CCMI previous experience on the automotive sector is a solid asset to produce a supplementary opinion on this particular Automotive Sector.

Information memo: Artificial intelligence in the automotive sector (supplementary opinion)

Rengiamos (updated on 04/07/2019)
Nuoroda: 
INT/883-EESC-2019-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarinė sesija: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

A major effect of the exponentially increasing productivity is that well-being creation (re-) turns from the production of lower costing quantities into the provision of specialized, certified qualities. In that sense the integrated use-value in the supplied goods and services becomes increasingly an important feature that gradually countervails the emphasis on the exchange value (prices). This development is especially advantageous for European producers: European competitiveness concentrates on the ability to provide specialized, diverse qualities, rather than competing in prices against regions with more extended economies of scale.

Information memo: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European producers (own-initiative opinion)

Rengiamos (updated on 04/07/2019)
Nuoroda: 
INT/885-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

This own-initiative opinion should answer following questions: Could the EU Single Market benefit from such a technology and how ? What steps could be taken to ensure that EU, its Single Market and its citizens benefit fully from this technology?

It could also reflect on whether and how using blockchain as an overarching infrastructure, in other European policies, could reinforce the European values of the Single Market and make it even more cohesive and democratic.

Information memo: Blockchain and the EU Single Market: what next? (own-initiative opinion)

Rengiamos (updated on 13/06/2019)
Nuoroda: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

Information memo: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

Rengiamos (updated on 07/06/2019)
Nuoroda: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019
Plenarinė sesija: 
548 -
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

Information memo: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

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