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Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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REX/527-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020
  • The common foundation of any EU political engagement leading to an equal development partnership with Africa shall be based on a multidimensional approach, articulating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the respect of Universal Human Rights (UHRs) - including fundamental rights, the right to a healthy environment and the freedom to conduct a business.
  • The EESC advocates promoting a decent life and good prospects, creating a middle class and supporting equal partnerships by strengthening sustainable social-liberal democratic structures in Africa.
  • The EESC highlights that the EU strategy on Africa must focus on Development and welcomes the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
  • The EESC reiterates the important role of organised civil society in the up-coming ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.

    advies EESC: EU and Africa: Making an equal development partnership a reality based on sustainability and common values (own-initiative opinion)

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    NAT/791-EESC-2020-EESC-2020-01349
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    This opinion deals with three of four megatrends at the heart of the new Commission priorities: climate change, biodiversity loss and globalisation. While the European Green Deal will result in higher environmental standards with, for instance, stricter climate change targets, it is important that all Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are not undermining these improvements by contributing to deforestation or biodiversity loss in other countries. As one of the world's largest importer of energy, agricultural goods and raw materials, the EU has contributed to deforestation and biodiversity loss in other countries.

    advies EESC: Compatibility of EU trade policy with the European Green Deal (own-initiative opinion)

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    NAT/788-EESC-2020
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    This opinion will look into the possibilities to engage with young people in a formal way at institutional level and provide the building blocks for a new structured approach to youth engagement at EU level.

    advies EESC: Towards structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process (own-initiative opinion)

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    CCMI/174-EESC-2020
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    The European Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ proposes to use public procurement as a tool to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Such ‘green public procurement’ is necessary to move toward a carbon-neutral society. However, the Commission omits that public procurement which makes up to 11% of GDP can be a tool for a fairer, more equitable society and can produce sustainable growth. At present, the ‘green public procurement’ and social considerations are discussed in different DGs. An opinion by the EESC-CCMI could bring social and ecological considerations in regards to public procurement together.

    advies EESC: Public procurement as a tool to create value and dignity in work in cleaning and facility services (own-initiative opinion)

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    NAT/796-EESC-2020
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    The objective of this proposal is to transpose into EU law the Conservation and Enforcement Measures (ERMs) adopted by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO).

    advies EESC: Conservation and enforcement measures – NAFO

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    SOC/645-EESC-2020
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    In this opinion, the EESC notes that platforms have "a generally positive impact on the economy", contributing as much to job creation and innovation, flexibility and autonomy for workers, as to ensuring income for workers (often supplementary) and allowing vulnerable people to access employment. It also notes that there are risks that must not be underestimated: (i) for workers, the denial of basic rights, including the rights to organisation and collective bargaining; precariousness; low pay; the increasing intensity of work; the extreme fragmentation of work on a global scale; the non-affiliation of workers to social security schemes; and (ii) for society, the increased risk of competition based on undercutting social standards.

    advies EESC: Fair work in the platform economy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

    Goedgekeurd on 18/09/2020
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    ECO/526-EESC-2020
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    Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

    advies EESC: Public sector loan facility and amendment to the Just Transition Fund

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