Europe and the world have to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. COVID-19 has made things more difficult, but it has also created an unprecedented opportunity: to use the EU recovery funds to revitalise the economy and at the same time ensure that the EU becomes climate-resilient and fully adapted, while achieving climate-neutrality.
Digitalisation is key to letting EU citizens contribute their knowledge and expertise to services of general interest, but this process must be inclusive, reveals online seminar co‑organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
Considerado ambicioso e holístico, o novo Plano Europeu de Luta contra o Cancro foi recebido com aplauso pelas organizações ativas neste domínio e pela sociedade civil. O pesado legado da atual pandemia na deteção e no tratamento do cancro impõe uma execução urgente e eficaz do plano. Há muito em jogo — se não agir de forma resoluta, a Europa pode enfrentar uma vaga enorme de casos oncológicos, e a doença será a principal causa de mortalidade em pouco menos de 15 anos.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted on 12 April the 7th meeting of the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum, an online event that gathered civil society representatives to discuss on labour-related issues, including working hours, civil dialogue and the state of play of the implementation of international standards and conventions (ILO). Participants also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
At its March plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion drawn up by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) which proposes more precise and operational governance arrangements and instruments for the implementation of the new battery regulation, with involvement of all stakeholders, as this could contribute to developing a Union framework covering the entire battery life cycle in the EU.
Faced with many barriers and less able to maintain social and physical distance, persons with disabilities are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and falling severely ill as a result of the disease. However, in the EU they have not been explicitly included in priority groups for vaccination
COVID-19 has blatantly exposed all the cracks and fissures in the European health systems and shown the EU to be unprepared for dealing with major health emergencies. But the first building blocks of the future European Health Union, recently proposed by the Commission, look promising and may give the EU the right weapons to fight pandemics in the future
At its March plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion issued by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) which proposes supporting investment in the exploration and extraction of critical raw materials, as well as in the use of secondary materials from wastes, as this is essential to the green transition in the EU.
Nos primeiros confinamentos devido à COVID-19, o número de teletrabalhadores na UE aumentou exponencialmente, de 5% para 40%. Um ano mais tarde e tendo em conta que o teletrabalho veio para ficar, é ainda difícil avaliar de forma adequada o seu impacto nos empregadores, nos trabalhadores e na sociedade em geral. O CESE chama a atenção para a necessidade de mais investigação e de se adotar uma perspetiva a longo prazo, a fim de aproveitar os benefícios e atenuar os riscos desta forma de trabalho
With the new blueprint, the European Commission shows it is determined to stop Europe from losing out to the US and Asia in both basic and applied research, patents and high-tech products and services, says the EESC in a report adopted at the March plenary.