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Prijaté on 25/09/2019
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/615-EESC-2019-01355
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC notes that the Global Compact is a non-binding instrument that does not create new obligations for EU Member States and its content is fully in line with the principles and values of the European Union, most notably Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, which includes – as its main values – respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The EESC therefore regrets the fact that the Compact has not been approved by all Member States and recommends that the EU clarify and build on the Compact's objectives using appropriate mechanisms.

Stanovisko EHSV: Implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration based on EU values (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 17/07/2019
Referenčné dokumenty: 
INT/882-EESC-2019
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC calls for a strategic shift at all levels to unequivocally promote new models of circularity, not only by stepping up the alignment of all actors, but also by placing consumers at the centre of public policy.

Stanovisko EHSV: The role of consumers in the Circular Economy (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 17/07/2019
Referenčné dokumenty: 
NAT/763-EESC-2019-01463
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

Stanovisko EHSV: Promoting short and alternative food supply chains in the EU: the role of agroecology (own-initiative opinion)

Prijaté on 17/07/2019
Referenčné dokumenty: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

In the opinion, the Committee states that taxation policy in general and combating tax fraud in particular must remain a priority for the next European Commission. In this line, the EESC endorses a debate on gradually shifting to QMV and the ordinary legislative procedure in tax matters, while recognising that all Member States must at all times have sufficient possibilities to participate in the decision-making process.  Moreover, the Committee believes that any new rule must be fit-for-purpose and that certain conditions need to be met to successfully implement QMV: a sufficiently strong EU budget; better coordinated economic policy; and a substantial analytical work assessing to what extent current tax measures have been insufficient.

Stanovisko EHSV: Taxation – qualified majority voting

Prijaté on 17/07/2019
Referenčné dokumenty: 
INT/880-EESC-2019-005220-00-00-ac-tra
Plenárne zasadnutie: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC believes that the practical applications of blockchain technologies can significantly improve the performance of social economy organisations, benefiting them, their members and, above all, their end users. Besides, the EESC believes that real involvement of social economy and civil society organisations is imperative to ensure that the huge opportunities offered by the new technologies are geared towards delivering benefits, access, transparency and participation for all, and not just for a new "digital economy elite".

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

Prijaté on 18/10/2018
Referenčné dokumenty: 
NAT/750-EESC-2018-03220

The proposal is intended to introduce some targeted changes to Council Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), under which the European Union supports, coordinates and supplements the action of Member States in the field of civil protection to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters within and outside the Union. The proposal acknowledges that disaster prevention efforts are crucial to limit the need for crisis and emergency support.

Stanovisko EHSV: Strengthen EU's civil protection response - rescEU

Prijaté on 18/10/2018
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/599-EESC-2018-02950

The Justice, Rights and Values Fund is a much-needed instrument for the promotion of EU values, fundamental rights, democracy, the rule of law, and in support of a vibrant and diverse civil society. Overall funding should be increased to EUR 1.4 billion, and innovative funding tools be used to reinforce civil society participation and capacity. 50% of the different strands should be earmarked for civil society organisations, and funding for litigation in support of civil society organisations defending fundamental rights be supported. Synergies should be found with programmes supporting media freedom.

Stanovisko EHSV: New Justice, Rights and Values Fund

Prijaté on 18/10/2018
Referenčné dokumenty: 
SOC/598-EESC-2018-02955-00-01-AC-TRA

The EESC welcomes the proposal for economic corrective measures regarding Member States that commit serious violations of the rule of law in Europe, and recommends that the interdependence between democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law is better reflected.  The Commission should develop further channels for debate on Article 2 TEU values, and should include the EESC in this work. The EESC reiterates its call for the creation of a system of regular and independent monitoring of the implementation of these values in the Member States.

Stanovisko EHSV: The Union's budget and the rule of law

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