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In voorbereiding (updated on 02/12/2020)
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INT/901-EESC-2020

The partial paradigm shift inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has already impacted economies, businesses and consumers. The time has come to scale up, using the common sustainable practices already being implemented as a basis for taking these sustainable practices to the next level.

informatieve nota: SDGs in new economic models

In voorbereiding (updated on 01/03/2019)
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/-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-05706-00-00-PAC-TRA
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Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

Statute and funding of European political parties and foundations

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
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INT/918-EESC-2020
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

On 9 September 2020, the European Commission adopted its first annual Strategic Foresight Report, presenting Commission’s strategy to integrate strategic foresight into EU policy-making. Strategic foresight aims to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices and to inform major policy initiatives. It will support the Commission in designing future-proof policies and legislation that serves both the current needs and longer-term aspirations of European citizens.

 

advies EESC: Strategic foresight

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
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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
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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

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
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INT/924-EESC-2020
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

The EESC welcomes the new vision for the ERA agenda and is pleased that this is a real "New Deal" for the EU's research, technology and innovation.

advies EESC: A new European Research Area (ERA) for research and innovation

Goedgekeurd on 24/03/2021
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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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NAT/819-EESC-2021
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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

advies EESC: Extension of the term of Community plant variety rights for the species asparagus and the species groups flower bulbs, woody small fruits and woody ornamentals

Goedgekeurd on 24/02/2021
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ECO/534-EESC-2020-04935
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Feb 24, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

The EESC considers that in addressing the challenges and risks associated with digital transformation, regulation for technology providers, protecting consumers, granting access to financial services, operational resilience and security of network and information systems are crucial for creating the Digital Single Market for financial services. As concerns crypto assets, the EESC endorses the various regulatory adjustment measures envisaged which are needed to modernise financial services, without losing sight of consumer protection and prudential rules.

advies EESC: Digital Finance Strategy for the EU

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