On 25 September 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee voted on the opinion SOC/614 "The European Pillar of Social Rights – evaluation of the initial implementation and recommendations for the future". The document was adopted with 117 votes for, 44 votes against and 3 abstentions. The majority of the Employers' Group members voted against the opinion as the document does not presents the variety of views within the EESC in a balanced manner. That is also why the Members of the Employers' Group tabled over 40 amendments to the opinion.
The EESC draws mixed conclusions from the European Commission's growth survey
9 October 2019 – Helsinki – Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group
The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.
EESC discusses digitalisation and inequalities at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, held in Bonn from 11 to 13 June
Declaration of the EESC Workers' Group
A European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hearing has drawn up preventive measures and alternative approaches for future crises
Stakeholders stressed the importance of cohesion policy and the need for appropriate and effective funding
We need the voice of workers to be heard loud and clear not only in the European Parliament but also in the Commission said Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers' Group. For this reason, the EESC Workers' Group organised a side event at the ETUC Congress to discuss how we can ensure that the rights of workers are at the centre of the political agenda in the new European Parliament.
The Employers' Group did not support the EESC opinion on driving and rest time periods, working time and posting of workers (TEN/637). For the Group, the opinion did not sufficiently reflect differences of views in the Committee concerning the Commission's proposal on the posting of workers.