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Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/632-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

This exploratory opinion was requested by the European Parliament with a view to a forthcoming Commission initiative on fair minimum wages. The question of Decent minimum wages across Europe is a complex and sensitive issue. It is important that any EU action is based on accurate analysis and understanding of the situation and sensitivities in the Member States and fully respects the social partners' role and autonomy, as well as the different industrial relations models.

Stanovisko EHSV: Decent minimum wages across Europe

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/634-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

In this own-initiative opinion, the EESC calls on the European Union to develop a coherent and uniform approach to protecting unaccompanied foreign minors in Europe. It urges the European Commission to draw up a Directive on the protection of unaccompanied minors that serves the best interests of the child. The principle of "the best interests of the child" should take precedence over all other national and international law. The EESC calls on the Member States to evaluate minority based on a body of evidence, consisting principally of the declarations by the person in question, civil status documents presented and interviews with the person. Given that bone tests are not really reliable, the EESC calls for them to simply be stopped.

Stanovisko EHSV: The protection of unaccompanied migrant minors in Europe (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
ECO/514-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU (Germany), aims to further discuss and analyze the policy objective 1 under the Common Provisions Regulation for cohesion policy that refers to '' a smarter Europe by promoting innovative and smart economic transformation''. In this context, the Presidency has asked the EESC to provide an opinion on how the structural measures and cohesion policy programmes can help in this process. The Presidency plans to present the key findings of this discussion in a High-level conference that will take place on 29th of September where also the opinion of EESC will be discussed. 

Stanovisko EHSV: The role of EU structural and cohesion policy in driving forward the transformation of the economy in an innovative and smart manner (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
TEN/705-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC recommends that the Commission encourage all decision-making authorities to: create the conditions for access to energy for all, reduce energy poverty, and gather qualitative and gender-specific data with appropriate indicators; strengthen and enforce existing legislation; provide for a targeted policy on gender equality in the energy sector.

Stanovisko EHSV: Energy: women as equal players in the 21st century

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
NAT/790-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC, through its consultation and platform can offer an expert, objective view that identifies key priorities for future rural policy, thereby considering in particular the needs of the vulnerable regions. Rural-proofing needs to be reinvigorated alongside specific rural policies while transgenerational and smart community measures need to be mainstreamed.

Stanovisko EHSV: An integrated approach for the EU's rural areas, with particular emphasis on vulnerable regions (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
CCMI/176-EESC-2020
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Securing sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. However, the EU is confronted with a number of technological and environmental challenges along the entire production value chain of primary and secondary raw materials.

Stanovisko EHSV: Digital Mining in Europe: New solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
INT/906-EESC-2020-01962
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

Stanovisko EHSV: Strengthening non-profit social enterprises as an essential pillar of a socially equitable Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
INT/823-EESC-2017-01768
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

Stanovisko EHSV: The digital single market - trends and opportunities for SMEs (own-initiative opinion)

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Analysis of the questionnaire

Prijaté on 18/09/2020
Referenčné dokumenty: 
ECO/510-EESC-2020-2020-00997
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC proposes launching a European pact to effectively combat tax fraud, evasion and avoidance and money laundering. The Committee calls on the European Commission to promote a political initiative involving national governments and the other European institutions in achieving this goal, fostering the consensus needed for this and involving civil society. Cooperation between Member States should be the main pillar of the pact. The Committee urges the European institutions and the Member States to provide the financial and human resources required for the effective implementation of existing European legislation and to agree on a commitment to adopt all necessary new legislative and administrative measures to effectively combat tax offences and bad practices, money laundering and the activities of tax havens. This requires permanent evaluation of the outcome of implementing each measure.

Stanovisko EHSV: Combat tax fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering

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Slideshow used by DG FISMA at the study group meeting ECO/510 on 8 June 2020

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