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  • 24 Mar 2017
    Business Insolvency Ongoing References: INT/810 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Antonello Pezzini (Employers - GR I / Italy) Co-rapporteur: Ms Franca Salis-Madinier (Workers - GR II / France)

    While supporting the proposal for a directive on preventive restructuring and second chances, the EESC would prefer to see the proposal take the form of a regulation and not be afraid to move towards the maximum possible harmonisation of current systems.

  • 22 Mar 2017
    Inclusive islands Ongoing References: ECO/418 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Stefano MALLIA (Employers - GR I / Malta)

    In the opinion on "Inclusive Islands" drawn up at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the EU, the EESC identifies permanent solutions for islands to address their structural difficulties. Europe's islands are home to over 21 million people. They account for approximately 4% of the EU-28's total population. There is therefore an urgent need for the adoption of an integrated policy framework to address the economic, social and territorial cohesion issues faced by European islands. The EESC calls for a greater effort to be undertaken by the EU to recognise the uniqueness of the challenges facing islands.

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    Information memo: Inclusive islands

  • 22 Mar 2017
    REX/483 - Trade Defence Instruments – methodology Ongoing References: REX/483 Referral Rapporteur: Christian Bäumler (Workers - GR II / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Andrés Barceló Delgado (Employers - GR I / Spain)

    The EESC is committed to open and fair trade and recognises its value as a driver of growth and jobs.
    Therefore, the EESC calls for a level playing field between European and third country exporting producers, and for effective trade defence instruments.

    The EESC takes the view that, overall, the Commission's proposal provides a balanced approach between the issue of China's market economy status, on the one hand, and the goal of having an effective dumping calculation method, on the other....

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    EESC opinion: REX/483 - Trade Defence Instruments – methodology

  • 22 Mar 2017
    Banking reform – Capital requirements and resolution framework amendments Ongoing References: ECO/424 Referral Rapporteur: Daniel MAREELS (Employers - GR I / Belgium)

    The EESC very much welcomes the Commission’s package of proposals and hopes that it will contribute effectively to complementing the work done after the crisis to reform the financial sector. The Committee welcomes the underlying holistic and integrated approach and believes that the proposed measures will undoubtedly help strengthen Europe’s prudential and resolution framework for banks. The Committee also these proposals will enable progress to be made not only in further advancing the Banking Union, but also in implementing its third pillar, the European Deposit Insurance Scheme and that certain specific adjustments in the proposals should facilitate the pursuit of a Capital Markets Union.

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    Information memo: Banking reform – Capital requirements and resolution framework amendments

  • 23 Feb 2017
    Mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme Adopted References: NAT/689 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Lutz Ribbe (Various interests - GR III / Germany)

    This exploratory opinion was drawn up at the request of the European Commission in the framework of the mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme over the 2014-2020 period. It reiterates the support of the European civil society in favour of an independent budget line dedicated to the environment and looks at possible options for improving LIFE after 2020.

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    EESC opinion: Mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme

  • 23 Feb 2017
    Agriculture in trade negotiations Adopted References: NAT/679 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Peel (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)

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    EESC section opinion: Agriculture in trade negotiations

  • 23 Feb 2017
    Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Cities) Adopted References: TEN/606 EESC-2016 Rapporteur: Ms Caño Aguilar (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The EESC welcomes the CEF's support for clean, low-carbon transport and sustainable energy structures, as well as the attention given to energy vulnerability. However, the Committee would like to see more financial resources allocated to the CEF.

    It will be possible to meet the expectations of city "users" – inhabitants, businesses, visitors and administrators – thanks to digital service ecosystems overlaying high-quality material and immaterial enabling infrastructure. Establishing this infrastructure will also have a significant impact in terms of growth, employment and productivity.

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    Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Cities)

  • 23 Feb 2017
    Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (formerly Smart Islands) Adopted References: TEN/607 EESC-2016 Rapporteur: Mr Joost (Various interests - GR III / Estonia) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is one of the evaluations on which the Commission is consulting the EESC.

    The CEF was proposed as a financing programme for the completion of trans-European infrastructure networks in the fields of transport, energy and information and communications technology (ICT).

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the opportunity to take part in the evaluation of the CEF programme. Transport, energy and ICT are also the core of the EESC Smart Islands Project. Therefore, the EESC's response is based on the above mentioned project, which analyses primary data collected through fact-finding missions taking place in the EU in the course of 2015 and 2016.

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  • 23 Feb 2017
    Decarbonisation of transport Adopted References: TEN/609 EESC-2016 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Back (Employers - GR I / Sweden) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The EESC endorses the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility (the strategy), including its aims and methods, and its holistic approach, which provides coherence between transport and other policy areas. It would have liked this approach to be further developed in terms of the links between the strategy and the communication on the upgrading of the internal market. This also applies with regard to the prospects of the digital economy and the development of a sharing economy and a circular economy. It underscores the potential effects of these developments on transport patterns, and draws attention to their social implications.

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    EESC opinion: Decarbonisation of transport

  • 23 Feb 2017
    Annual Growth Survey 2017 Adopted References: SC/046 EESC-2016-05339-00-01-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Baráth (Various interests - GR III / Hungary) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) endorses the priorities set out in the European Commission's 2017 Annual Growth Survey.

    The European Semester is seen as a good instrument for further progress in policies and reform, leading to recovery and employment. The AGS 2017 outlines the most pressing economic and social priorities, accompanied by specific recommendations, however the EESC takes very seriously the negative aspects of the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact and Country-Specific Recommendations applied at national level to set the euro area fiscal stance.

    The EESC welcomes, in principle, the missions set out in the 2017 growth survey, as well as the distribution of tasks between the Commission and the Member States. It repeats its proposal – made previously, in its analysis of the 2016 growth survey – to supplement the European Semester. As well as increasing investment, structural reforms and strengthening macroeconomic balance, the main objectives should also include progress to be made in terms of "beyond GDP" indicators (social, environmental and sustainability targets).

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    EESC opinion: Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the "Annual Growth Survey 2017" accompaning the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank on the Annual Growth Survey 2017 [COM(2016) 725 final]

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