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Sprejeta on 18/05/2022
Referenca: 
CCMI/186-EESC-2021
Plenarno zasedanje: 
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May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

European Union statistics clearly show the enormous amounts of packaging materials currently used for the safety, hygiene, transportation, conservation, presentation and application of all kinds of goods – be they for industrial purposes, construction work, communication systems or individual consumption. Most of them are of carbonic or metallic origin, which are limited resources. A largely predominant part of the waste of these packaging materials can, and mostly do, have a negative environmental impact and may seriously endanger human health as well as animal and plant well-being. Material transformation and recycling for the reuse of the basic substances can only very partially reduce the many problems connected.

Mnenje EESO: Making packaging a safe, affordable and eco-friendly industry

Sprejeta on 18/05/2022
Referenca: 
ECO/579-EESC-2022
Plenarno zasedanje: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

The Communication on 8th Report presents the main changes in territorial disparities over the past decade and how policies have affected these disparities. It highlights the potential of the green and digital transitions as new drivers of EU growth, but argues that without appropriate policy action new economic, social and territorial disparities may appear. It also launches a reflection on how cohesion policy should evolve to respond to these challenges and in particular how to ensure that place-based, multilevel and partnership led approaches continue to improve cohesion, while building on synergies and mainstreaming cohesion objectives into other policies and instruments.

EESC will present its views on this report stressing the important role that civil society plays and that local policies need local strategies, drawn up with local partners.

Mnenje EESO: 8th Cohesion Report

Sprejeta on 18/05/2022
Referenca: 
SOC/712-EESC-2022
Plenarno zasedanje: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

Through this Opinion, the EESC supports the proposal by the European Commission to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech. It considers that the criteria set out in Article 83(1) of the TFEU for such an extension (significant developments in the area, a cross-border dimension, the need to act on a common basis) are met. The EESC therefore encourages the Council to adopt the proposed Decision in order to allow the European Commission to set minimum rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and penalties in this area of crime.

Mnenje EESO: Initiative to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech

Sprejeta on 18/05/2022
Referenca: 
INT/981-EESC-2022-0394
Plenarno zasedanje: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

Health and social services such as care, helping disadvantaged individuals and those with disabilities to break back into the labour market, childcare and social housing are fundamental when it comes to guaranteeing social cohesion in the ongoing period of post-pandemic recovery, humanitarian crisis and international tensions. European rules on state aid for these services are therefore fundamental.

Mnenje EESO: State Aid Rules Applicable to Health and Social Services SGEI in a Post Pandemic Scenario. Thoughts and Proposals on the Commission Evaluation to Amend the 2012 Legislative Package

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