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Adottati on 02/12/2020
Referenza: 
INT/913-EESC-2020-03642
Sessjoni plenarja: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

Europe is going through a green and digital transformation and the European institutions are committed to ensuring that people remain centre-stage and that the economy works for them.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Industrial transition towards a green and digital European economy: regulatory requirements and the role of social partners and civil society (exploratory opinion requested by the Parliament)

Adottati on 02/12/2020
Referenza: 
SOC/638-EESC-2020
Sessjoni plenarja: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

The aim of this  own - initiative opinion is to put forward recommendations to overcome existing obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from voting in EP elections in the EU. Indeed, in each of the 27 EU countries, there are rules or organisational arrangements that deprive some voters with disabilities of their right to vote. The EESC considers this unacceptable and contrary to the fundamental values of the EU, to the provisions of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and to many international legal and political acts. Therefore, the EESC calls on the EP, the European Council and Member States to urgently amend the 1976 Electoral Act by clarifying the principles of universality, directness and secrecy of elections, so as to allow the implementation of common standards granting the right to vote to all EU citizens.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: The need to guarantee real rights for persons with disabilities to vote in European Parliament elections (additional opinion)

Adottati on 02/12/2020
Referenza: 
INT/914-EESC-2020-04216-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal on cross-border payments in the Union aiming at lowering the costs for cross-border payments in euros and at bringing more transparency regarding currency-conversion fees. It endorses the fact that the Commission should analyse further possibilities – and the technical feasibility of those possibilities – of extending the equal charges rule to all Union currencies and of further improving the transparency and comparability of currency conversion charges.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Cross-border payments/Codification

Adottati on 02/12/2020
Referenza: 
SOC/643-EESC-2020
Sessjoni plenarja: 
556 -
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

Through this opinion, requested by the German Presidency of the Council, the EESC recognises the essential role of smoothly functioning public services in defending core EU values. The opinion highlights their particular role in times of crisis, like COVID-19, which calls for the maximum human and financial support. The EESC proposes common European principles to support the role of public services in defence of democracy. They include the principles of neutrality, legality, proportionality, equal treatment and transparency; the right to good administration; independent oversight; the protection of public services staff against decisions breaching the rule of law; accessibility; interoperability; and the respect of the rule of law including when receiving EU funds.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Principles for public services (i.e. public services for citizens, public administration) that contribute directly to the stability of the free democratic basic order (democracy and the rule of law) in EU countries (Exploratory opinion at the reques

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