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Sprejeta on 22/09/2021
Referenca: 
SOC/685-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
563 -
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

This opinion, based on a referral by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, aims at presenting the key elements of sustainable quality work during and after recovery. The EESC considers quality of work as one of the fundamental components of quality of life. The principle of quality of work for quality of life must be followed, as this is a prerequisite for sustainable social development. The EESC therefore firmly believes that it should be given special attention in EU policies, as it must prevent the risks of inequality, poverty, social exclusion and unfair competition. The EESC notes that the Recovery and Resilience Facility does not directly address the components of quality work, and therefore calls on the Commission to supplement this part of the facility. Vulnerable groups, such as precarious and young workers, who have been hit hardest by the epidemic, should not be overlooked.

 

Mnenje EESO: Key components of sustainable quality work during and after recovery

Sprejeta on 07/07/2021
Referenca: 
NAT/815-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

Mnenje EESO: New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

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New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change - EESC opinion, votes tbc

Sprejeta on 07/07/2021
Referenca: 
REX/539-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy

Mnenje EESO: Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy

Sprejeta on 07/07/2021
Referenca: 
SOC/682-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The EESC welcomes both the Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the Child Guarantee, and considers that their implementation will help support efforts at European and national level aimed at promoting children's well-being and reducing child poverty. This opinion calls for the consultation and involvement of organised civil society, children's and family organisations, amongst other stakeholders, in the drafting of national action plans and their monitoring mechanisms. The EESC recommends all Member States to earmark ESF+ funding for lifting children out of poverty, with the designated 5% taken as a minimum. Furthermore, it recommends them to grant free access to early childhood education and care, education and school-based activities and healthcare or grant these services free of charge.

Mnenje EESO: EU strategy on the rights of the child/Child Guarantee

Sprejeta on 07/07/2021
Referenca: 
ECO/548-EESC-2021-02011
Plenarno zasedanje: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The Own Resources Decision (ORD) entered into force on 1 June, enabling the Commission to start borrowing resources for the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument. For the EESC, a well-functioning funding strategy is key for the smooth implementation of NGEU. Sound and sustainable funding and solid risk management are in the very interests of civil society. Moreover, borrowing and debt management has to be based on democratic control, legitimacy and transparency.

The EESC stresses how important it is that the Commission manage the funding strategy directly and does not outsource this. The massive engagement on capital markets will be accompanied with a broad set of risks. The EESC supports the establishment of solid risk-management systems and the holding of the 'NGEU account' with the ECB.

Mnenje EESO: NextGenerationEU funding strategy

Sprejeta on 07/07/2021
Referenca: 
INT/942-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
562 -
Jul 07, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

The Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU has decided to request an EESC opinion on one of its priority topics linked to digitalisation. Artificial intelligence is regarded as the most important aspect in digitalisation. Particularly important are also the integration of advanced technologies into society and transition to a gigabit society. With the emerging technologies such as the AI and the data economy, the EU can recover rapidly and become the world’s leading digital society.

The EESC opinion should cover the following topics:

Mnenje EESO: Exploiting the economic and social opportunities of digitalisation and improving the digital transformation of the economy, especially the SMEs, focusing on human-centered artificial intelligence and data

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