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In voorbereiding (updated on 12/04/2021)
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CCMI/178-EESC-2021
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Batteries placed on the EU market should become sustainable, high-performing and safe all along their entire life cycle. This means batteries that are produced with the lowest possible environmental impact, using materials obtained in full respect of human rights as well as social and ecological standards. Batteries have to be long-lasting and safe, and at the end of their life, they should be repurposed, remanufactured or recycled, feeding valuable materials back into the economy.

advies EESC: Sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU

In voorbereiding (updated on 06/04/2021)
Referentie: 
CCMI/177-EESC-2020
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

In September 2020, the European Commission presented the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, which also contains the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials.

advies EESC: Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability

In voorbereiding (updated on 16/04/2021)
Referentie: 
TEN/724-EESC-2020
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

advies EESC: State of the Energy Union Report 2020 and Assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
Referentie: 
SOC/662-EESC-2020
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Teleworking has the potential to support work-life balance and should be a means of promoting gender equality. For this, the burden of the unpaid care and domestic work performed by women must be fully shared with men. Then, the rules applying to the workplace must be applied to the home office, including on health and safety and protection against harassment and violence. As  there is no consolidated European framework on telework, it is necessary to assess existing rules' effectiveness. Social partners should review the 2002 Framework Agreement on Telework and give it a new impetus.

advies EESC: Teleworking and gender equality - conditions so that teleworking does not exacerbate the unequal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work between women and men and for it to be an engine for promoting gender equality

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
Referentie: 
SOC/660-EESC-2020-05278
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

The pandemic expedited the shift to teleworking, and it became essential in tackling the health crisis. Lessons learned from the pandemic could lead to regulations in the EU and in the Member States be amended and new regulations created so as to promote the positive aspects of telework and protect the fundamental rights of workers. The Member States, with the involvement of the social partners, need to ensure that there is an appropriate national framework for teleworking, setting out the rules of play for companies and workers interested in adopting this form of work.

advies EESC: Challenges of Teleworking: organization of working time, work life balance and the right to disconnect

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
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REX/533-EESC-2020-05956
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

Key points

  • The EESC welcomes the Commission's communications adopted in 2020 in connection with the enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans and agrees that integrating the Western Balkan partners into the EU represents a geostrategic investment in the peace, stability, security and economic growth of the entire continent. The Western Balkans are an integral part of Europe and a geostrategic priority for the EU.
  • The EESC welcomes the European Green Deal, which includes specific objectives for the Western Balkans, as well as the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans accompanying the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.

advies EESC: Enhancing the accession process - A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans