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Priimtos on 20/03/2019
Nuoroda: 
SOC/554-EESC-2017
Plenarinė sesija: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

In each of the 27 EU countries, there are laws or organisational arrangements which exclude some voters with disabilities from participating in EP elections. If the best practices from across all countries were implemented, an ideal system would emerge in which every EU citizen with disabilities not only would have the full possibility to vote but also would be able to choose for themselves the most convenient way in which to vote.

Information report: The real right of persons with disabilities to vote in EP elections

Priimtos on 13/03/2019
Nuoroda: 
/-EESC-2019-00936
Plenarinė sesija: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC is a bridge between the EU and its citizens, through the diversity of its members, and as such would like to propose its ambitious vision for the future, with Europe becoming the global leader on sustainable development

Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and beyond)

Priimtos on 12/12/2018
Nuoroda: 
SOC/613-EESC-2018
Plenarinė sesija: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC supports the objectives of the Commission proposal and agrees that democracy is one of the fundamental values on which the EU is founded. The EESC recognises that the procedures for the elections of the EP are Member State governed within the EU framework. Enabling the Authority for European political parties and European political foundations (the 'Authority') to impose sanctions is one way of ensuring personal data is protected and not misused for political gain. The EESC supports the additional staffing of the Authority with a view that this staff will be better positioned to work with the national DPAs to ensure that data protection infringements are properly investigated and where found sanctions applied.

EESC opinion: Protection of personal data in the context of EP elections

Priimtos on 21/03/2019
Nuoroda: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenarinė sesija: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

EESC opinion: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Priimtos on 20/03/2019
Nuoroda: 
SC/52-EESC-2018-5821
Plenarinė sesija: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion tables proposals on how to enhance the European project and bring it closer to its citizens.

EESC opinion: The Future of the EU: Benefits to citizens and respect for European values (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Priimtos on 20/03/2019
Nuoroda: 
TEN/687-EESC-2018
Plenarinė sesija: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC takes careful note of the initiative's definition of disinformation as verifiably false or misleading information that is a threat to democracy and does public harm. Spreading disinformation has become a part of a hybrid war with a clear political aim. However, it also emphasises that, in addition to false information, highly selective information, defamation, scare-mongering and inciting hatred attack citizens' fundamental rights (freedoms) and minority rights.

Multiple actions from all stakeholders are needed to provide quality information and raise awareness. To this end, the EESC welcomes the initiative for coordinated action to protect the EU, its institutions and its citizens against disinformation. The EESC emphasises the urgency of such measures but is also concerned, however, that the impact of this action plan might be limited given that the May 2019 European elections are not far off.

EESC opinion: Action Plan against Disinformation

13/05/2019

Europe in the palm of your hand

What does it mean in practice to be a EU citizen? Install the Citizens' App and you’ll learn who does what in the EU, how all of this is relevant to your daily life and what challenges the EU faces, many of which will shape your future.

The app is available in 24 languages:  Apple Store -  Google Play

15/05/2019

EESC resolution urges civil society to turn out in force at European elections and vote for a united Europe
The EESC's plenary session on 15 May adopted a resolution calling on all EU citizens to turn out at the forthcoming European elections and vote in favour of a united Europe. The Committee also invited civil society organisations to join efforts to mobilise voters. Read the full text here.

26/04/2019

Every year, almost two hundred thousand European workers die as a result of workplace diseases, illnesses and accidents. On 28 April, Workers' Memorial Day, we commemorate workers that were injured or lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions. A healthy and safe work environment is not only indispensable for workers, but also contributes considerably to labour productivity and promotes economic growth.

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