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Adopted on 23/01/2019
Sygnatura: 
ECO/485-EESC-2018-05763-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC is of the opinion that building economic resilience, an objective that underlies the recommendations of the European Commission on the economic policy of the euro area, is of the utmost importance for the euro area economies. However, the Committee would like to stress that the pursuit of economic resilience should go hand in hand with increased labour market resilience, that is, the capacity of labour markets to weather shocks with limited social costs.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy (2019)

Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
INT/880-EESC

Blockchain can be compared to a huge public and anonymous book, to which each and everyone can contribute freely. Social Economy and blockchain have the concept of cooperation in common. The opinion will try to explore how blockchain could serve as a tool for Social Economy, how it could build an infrastructure which would allow  for this economic model to reinforce its societal impact and therefore  contribute to a better world by focusing on values like fairness, cooperation and solidarity.

Information memo: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
SOC/612-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, aims to look at possible ways through which people can acquire solid knowledge about the European Union, its foundations, procedures and actions, as well as its positive achievements and the concrete benefits it offers. This type of education would contribute towards building citizens' ownership over the European decision-making process and ensure that their vision, needs and priorities are adequately reflected in the European agenda at all levels.

Information memo: Education about the European Union (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
CCMI/166-EESC
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The revision of the energy performance in buildings directive will have a significant impact on economic activities in the construction sector by increasing the average rate of annual renovation and through the implementation of long term renovation strategies in Members States. This will have a positive impact on employment and open the opportunity to acquire new and additional skills and qualifications in order to ensure sustainable quality employment and competitiveness of the construction sector.

Ongoing (updated on 20/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
ECO/490-EESC-00492-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee welcomes the Commission's proposal  to ensure the continuation of two bilateral cooperation programmes involving Ireland namely the PEACE IV (Ireland-United Kingdom) and the United Kingdom-Ireland programme, after UK's  intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to art. 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

 

Adopted on 23/01/2019
Sygnatura: 
REX/510-EESC-2018-EESC-2018-05144-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

The EU today faces an increasing demand for a constructive dialogue with civil society on trade, as seen with CETA and TTIP. Domestic advisory groups (DAG) are a great way to connect citizens with trade issues. DAG should responsibly advise on all aspects of EU Trade Agreements.

Domestic advisory groups should be advisory, consultative, institutionalized and competent to cover all provisions of FTAs.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all FTAs is an indispensable element in the strategic ambitions of the external policies of the EU.

The EESC considers its participation in DAGs valuable and wishes to continue to be part of all of them.

EESC opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
SOC/611-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.

Information memo: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2019)
Sygnatura: 
ECO/481-EESC-2018-05434
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC welcomes the reforms aimed at increasing high-quality investment and productivity growth, inclusiveness and institutional quality, and to ensure macro-financial stability and sound public finances. The EESC also welcomes the recognition of the need for investment focused on education and training and the need to strengthen the EU’s social dimension. However, it remains to be specified how these objectives are to be achieved. The EESC underlines that progress is very slow and proposals often rather modest in areas where new policies have been proposed, including fair taxation, the banking union and the functioning of the euro area. Moreover, the EESC recognises the importance of addressing climate change but measures so far adopted remain insufficient.

 

EESC section opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (communication)

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