Opinions

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 23/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Referentie
    REX/584-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Portugal
    Plenary session number
    590
    -

    Practical information

    1. Composition of the Study Group
    2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Charlotte RIVE / Elisabete DIAS / Eduardo FRANCOZO
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Referentie
    SOC/784-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In order to improve the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime in the EU, the EESC recommends that Member States provide their customs administrations and police forces with adequate human and technical resources, decent pay, working conditions and continued training. The opinion highlights that trade unions representing police and customs officials should be involved to better identify human resources and equipment needs. The EESC advocates better cross-border law enforcement coordination between police and customs authorities, and better cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities as well as fiscal authorities in order to combat organised crime as effectively as possible. The opinion also underlines that combating the abuse of drugs necessitates a differentiated, whole-of-society approach, remarking that drug use should be tackled more by means of preventive and accompanying measures and less through repression.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024)
    Referentie
    ECO/637-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Referentie
    SOC/786-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In this opinion, the EESC underlines that is highly important for the EU Talent Pool to be a practical, reliable, easy to use tool that is attractive for workers and employers and supports fair and ethical legal labour migration into the EU. It insists that skills and competences of workers from third countries should be assessed and swiftly validated to ensure that their skills are certified and they can obtain their qualifications when necessary.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Referentie
    SOC/773-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    In this Opinion on the Defence of Democracy package, the EESC fully supports the transparency objectives of the proposed Directive on interest representation of third countries, but it also strongly disagrees with the proposed means. It therefore calls for a comprehensive EU-level approach that does not stigmatise interest representation service providers, does not shrink civic spaces in the EU, and does not undermine the credibility of the EU as an international actor. Concerning the Recommendation on elections, the EESC calls for harmonising the electoral process in all Member States to make it more inclusive and resilient, and fully accessible for all EU citizens with disabilities. Concerning the Recommendation on participation, the EESC calls for strengthening participative democracy, reforming the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), and setting up an EU-level framework for effective participation.

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Referentie
    ECO/648-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2024
    Referentie
    NAT/932-EESC
    Plenary session number
    587
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 22/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Referentie
    ECO/649-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/07/2023
    Referentie
    NAT/914-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    EESC opinion "Towards a European Rural Agenda" (NAT/914).

  • In voorbereiding (updated on 19/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Referentie
    CCMI/224-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Ireland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Commission has requested from the EESC an exploratory opinion on industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society. Building on EESC's previous work on the EU Blue Deal, this exploratory opinion aims to make concrete recommendations on how to boost the development and uptake of new water technologies and best practices in the EU and support notably industries in the transformation towards a water-resilient society, taking into account sectoral constraints.