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In voorbereiding (updated on 07/05/2019)
Referentie: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018
Zitting: 
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May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the updated European Bio-economy Strategy.  The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy was to address the challenges of living in a world of limited resources.

EESC section opinion: Communication updating the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy

Goedgekeurd on 15/05/2019
Referentie: 
INT/877-EESC-2018-05386-00-00-AC-TRA
Zitting: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The EESC welcomes the coordinated plan and calls for urgency in its implementation. To succeed in global competition, the EU must be at the forefront in innovation and investment, following the principle of "human in command" and trustworthiness of AI.

EESC opinion: Coordinated Plan on the development of Artificial Intelligence in Europe

Goedgekeurd on 15/05/2019
Referentie: 
INT/876-EESC-2018-05252-00-00-AC-TRA
Zitting: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

With this opinion the EESC welcomes the Commission's strong message on reinforcing the Single Market and the need for commitment from all Member States and citizens. The EESC calls for a Single Market that must be perceived as an opportunity to reassert European values, fundamental rights and duties to achieve progress and welfare for all Member States and citizens. Values like liberty, economic growth, democracy, peace, science and innovation, political stability, consumers and social rights must be present in citizens' mindset as a result of a process that started 60 years ago.

EESC opinion: Single Market Communication

In voorbereiding (updated on 20/05/2019)
Referentie: 
SOC/610-EESC-2018
Zitting: 
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May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

Gender equality is not only a human rights issue; it is a social and economic necessity for the EU, its Member States and businesses, as it hugely impacts on sustainable growth and GDP, while allowing to use the potential of 51% of the EU population. The EU needs to elevate gender equality to a stand-alone goal with a binding strategy, centred in the following measures:
fighting the economic inequality affecting women and the current backlash of their rights; ratifying and implementing the Istanbul Convention on all forms of violence against women (including harassment); addressing once and for all gendered stereotypes, namely through the media; and supporting civil society organisations working for greater gender equality.

EESC opinion: Gender equality issues (own initiative opinion)

In voorbereiding (updated on 20/05/2019)
Referentie: 
CCMI/165-EESC-2018
Zitting: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

According to Eurostat forecasts (2015), over the coming decades, Europe’s population will grow slowly from 507 million people in 2013 to 526 million in 2035. This will be accompanied by substantial ageing: the section of the population aged 65+ should increase from 18% to 28%. And by 2060 the 65+ age group will number 149 million.

EESC opinion: Economic, technological and social changes in advanced health services for the elderly (own-initiative opinion)