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Opinion Number: CDR 1127/2021
Rapporteur: KARJALAINEN Anne
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/05/2021
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- supports the three headline targets for employment, skills and social protection presented in the Action Plan to be achieved by the end of the decade in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Local and regional authorities will play a key role in strengthening the vitality of the regions and achieving the quantitative headline targets for 2030, on condition that sufficient funding is made available for implementing the Action Plan;

- regrets that the Action Plan does not consider a debate on a permanent European unemployment insurance scheme;

- calls for measures to be taken to ensure that schemes promoting youth employment do not favour precarious forms of employment;

- stresses the importance of ensuring effective implementation of the EU's Gender Equality Strategy, with particular focus on the inclusion of vulnerable women. Gender equality, as well as the recognition of gender diversity, must be mainstreamed across the Pillar's implementation;

- stresses the importance of effective implementation of the European Child Guarantee;

- stresses the need to address the needs of a growing ageing population by safeguarding their right to quality social care, day care and long-term care;

- notes that municipalities and cities play an important role in urban planning and providing public-cooperative, sustainable and affordable housing. There must be greater provision of decent housing for all citizens. The Committee regrets in this regard that the Action Plan sets no quantitative target for the fight against homelessness;

- calls for the establishment, within the context of sustainable finance, of a "social taxonomy" as an enabling tool to increase investments in social infrastructure.