Judging by recent events, migration can be unpredictable and unprecedented, with EU policy being anticipatory and yet reactive. This paper highlights recent EU policy and developments, and the EESC's position in response to them.
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This study identifies key barriers to accelerating the renovation rate in the residential building sector and to implementing the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). It provides a summary of, and recommendations for, overcoming these obstacles.
Labour Market Observatory (LMO) study
Volunteering happens when volunteer energy (willingness, capability and availability to volunteer) and volunteer opportunities (possibility to volunteer) are matched. The objective of this study is to create classifications of volunteer energy and volunteer opportunities, providing a qualitative overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) that volunteering is facing in the EU.
On 31 March 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a high-level conference on Health challenges in the EU in the pandemic context.
What kind of Europe do you dream of?
Civil society and the Conference on the Future of Europe
Lisbon, 18-19 November 2021
The EU's social dialogue has delivered tangible improvements to the working conditions of millions of workers in the EU. However, the pandemic has lent additional urgency to the need to address the new challenges that have arisen for health and safety at work. The crisis has also created tremendous challenges for social dialogue, which must be given fresh impetus in order to guarantee more appropriate working conditions in the context of the digital environment, teleworking and a rapid green transition.
Best practice examples of social partner involvement in measures and initiatives aimed at palliating the socio-economic impact of the pandemic
The present catalogue of good practices is a collection of numerous successful initiatives implemented by civil society organisations in Europe in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The information set out in this catalogue was brought together in the framework of the study "The response of civil society organisations to face the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent restrictive measures adopted in Europe", commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee at the request of the Diversity Europe Group.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hits societies and economies, bringing a global and unprecedented public health and social crisis, civil society organisations (CSOs) are responding by providing frontline help and defending the rights of people across the world. At the same time, CSOs have faced themselves profound impacts that may harm their capacities to continue playing their central roles in delivering services, advocating for rights and protecting the most fragile, while safeguarding participatory democracy and civic debate in the near future.
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