Highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee's January plenary
27-28 January 2021– EESC, Jacques Delors building and online
557th Plenary session, with the following guests: António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affair, Michel Barnier , Head of the European Commission's Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom and Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. You will be able to follow the debates by web streaming.
In this issue:
- EESC welcomes prominent Irish disability advocate Sinéad Burke
- 2021-2027 EU budget – EESC pleased to see views of civil society having an impact
- #DigitalServicesAct, #DigitalMarketsAct: Time for our democracy to catch up with technology
- New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: a missed opportunity for a much-needed fresh start
Christa Schweng, EESC President :
"The EESC is looking forward to cooperating closely with the Portuguese Presidency, especially since our own priorities are very much in line with theirs: we are advocating for an EU that prospers economically, and that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable."
On 13 January the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) held its inaugural meeting to welcome new members and adopt the 2021work programme.
Despite all the benefits of teleworking, it is now important not to slide into a culture of "round-the-clock" availability of employees
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Opinie w centrum zainteresowania
In this opinion, the EESC stresses that the EU needs to strike the right balance between effective and realistic migration management that is humane and sustainable, while ensuring security and control of its external borders. It must send a clear message that migration can be better managed collectively. It notes that the proposals accompanying the PMA are important but insufficient for the development of the common European framework for migration management, which would be both effective and in line with the EU's values and objectives.
The Commission aims for more ambitious 2030 emissions reduction targets, both in the EU and internationally. President von der Leyen wants the EU to lead international negotiations to raise the ambition of other major emitters by 2021, and has pledged to put forward a comprehensive, responsible plan to increase the European Union's emissions reduction target for 2030, from 40 % towards 55 %.
The European Economic and social Committee (EESC) supports the Commission's intention as set out in its Communication: integration of the electricity system with the heat and transport system is vital to reach the goals of climate neutrality, security of energy supply, including reduction of energy imports, and the goal of affordable prices for Europe's consumers and the European economy.
The EESC considers that the European Union must overcome the COVID-19 crisis by building a new model for society, one which will make our economies more green, just and resistant to future shocks. European recovery funds must enable businesses, innovators, workers and investors to affirm their role as world leaders in the expanding clean energy markets.