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Pågående (updated on 20/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
REX/520-EESC-2019
Plenarsession: 
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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

2019 is the year we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of a real and living partnership – the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Over the last decade this partnership has gone through its share of difficulties. Yet, it not only endured - it developed, matured and delivered beyond what we foresaw at the beginning.

Thus after 10 years of EaP policy, it is crucial to properly evaluate the achievements and aims and reflect on the next possible steps. It is important to ensure that EaP policy connects countries and people and covers a broad area of issues, including supporting civil society, pluralism and independent media, as well as ensuring gender equality and non-discrimination. As it is likely that the policy will change its course from a one-size-fits-all to a tailor-made approach, it will be crucial to ensure that those wanting to get closer to the EU have this opportunity, adapted to their ambitions and pace.

EESC section opinion: 10 years of Eastern Partnership: reflecting on achievements and shaping the future policy of the EaP

Pågående (updated on 23/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
NAT/760-EESC-2019-00917-00-00
Plenarsession: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

EESC section opinion: Reflection Paper 'Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030'

Pågående (updated on 23/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
SOC/615-EESC-2019
Plenarsession: 
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.

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

Pågående (updated on 23/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
SOC/624-EESC-2019
Plenarsession: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

In this opinion, the EESC notes that the measures taken by the EU Member States to address the challenge of an ageing workforce remain isolated and their impact has not been gauged. Therefore, the EESC highlights the need for comprehensive strategies, to deal with the demographic and employment challenges in a holistically manner.

The Committee also issues concrete recommendations to encourage longer active working lives.

EESC section opinion: The changing world of work and the longevity/ageing population - The preconditions for ageing workers to stay active in the new world of work (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

Pågående (updated on 23/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
SOC/626-EESC-2019
Plenarsession: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC welcomes the fact that the Commission is driving the discussion on existing barriers in legislation and in this communication has started the discussion on possibilities of extending qualified majority voting in the area of social policy.

EESC section opinion: More efficient decision-making in social policy: Identification of areas for an enhanced move to qualified majority voting

Pågående (updated on 18/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
INT/886-EESC-2019-01847
Plenarsession: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The Juncker Commission came into office with a commitment to focus on delivering the initiatives needed to support its political priorities and address the issues that really matter to people in the EU. In May 2015, the Commission published an extensive package of new measures to improve and strengthen its better regulation policy in four areas where progress was considered necessary: a) opening up policymaking; b) utilising better tools for better policies; c) keeping the existing stock of legislation fit for purpose; d) Advancing a common agenda with other EU institutions and Member States.

 

EESC section opinion: Better Regulation stocktaking (Communication)

Pågående (updated on 19/09/2019)
Dokumentreferens: 
TEN/694-EESC-2019
Plenarsession: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC welcomes the proposal to use the passerelle clauses to establish a qualified majority in the Council and a co-decision system with the European Parliament. In this new set-up, the EESC could play an important role in supporting the trilogue and should be involved.

EESC section opinion: New institutional framework for energy and climate policy by 2025