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  • 29 Apr 2014
    For a European Industrial Renaissance Adopted References: INT/733 EESC-2014-746 Referral - Rapporteur: Ms Ulla Sirkeinen (Employers - GR I / Finland) Plenary Session: 498 - 29 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 311, 12.09.2014, p. 47

    The EESC welcomes the communication and concludes that the challenges facing European industries are not abating, and without a competitive industrial base, Europe will not secure growth and more jobs. In its opinion the EESC particularly recommends to pay more attention to the role of the services and corresponding policies, in particular knowledge based services, to take measures to reduce energy prices and to encourage innovation, EU competition and state aid policies.

  • 29 Apr 2014
    Implementation of TEN-T corridors Adopted References: TEN/541 Referral Rapporteur: Mr Pierre Jean Coulon (Workers - GR II / France) Co-rapporteur: Mr Stefan Back (Employers - GR I / Sweden) Plenary Session: 498 - 29 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014

    The EESC welcomes the Communication as a significant and helpful support for the implementation of the Core Network Corridors and the predefined projects in them. The EESC appreciates the Communications’ focus on the governance system and the support it provides for the development of the work plans for the Core Network Corridors.

  • 29 Apr 2014
    Consumer Protection and over-indebtedness Adopted References: INT/726 EESC-2014-791 Exploratory Opinion General Rapporteur: Ms Reine-Claude Mader (Various interests - GR III / France) Plenary Session: 498 - 29 Apr 2014 - 30 May 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 311, 12.09.2014, p. 38

    Over-indebtedness has grown with the financial crisis, the rising cost of living and use of cash credit. However, it has not been properly addressed at EU level. The EESC wants that an appropriate uniform procedure is put in place including verification of claims, a European framework for usury or preventive measures.

  • 29 Apr 2014
    EESC opinion: Disenfranchisement Adopted References: SOC/504 EESC-2014-1449 Referral - Rapporteur: Gobiņš (Various interests - GR III / Latvia) Plenary Session: 498 - 29 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 311,12.09.2014, p. 59-62
  • 26 Mar 2014
    EESC opinion: The impact of social investment on employment and public budgets Adopted References: SOC/496 EESC-2013-6193 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Greif (Workers - GR II / Austria) Plenary Session: 497 - 25 Mar 2014 - 26 Mar 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 226, 16.7.2014, p. 21–27

    The EESC considers that there is an enormous need for a social investment package to counter poverty and promote employment. Implementing such a package requires:

    - creating an investment programme amounting to 2% of GDP;

    - identifying new sources of revenue;

    - including social investments in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester;

    - considering excluding social investments from the calculation of net government deficits; and

    - finding the right tools to measure the effects of such investments

  • 25 Mar 2014
    Market-based instruments - Low carbon economy in the EU Adopted References: NAT/620 EESC-2013-6638 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Martin SIECKER (Workers - GR II / Netherlands) Co-rapporteur: Mr. Lutz RIBBE (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Plenary Session: 497 - 25 Mar 2014 - 26 Mar 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The effect of the current financial and economic crisis has put energy pricing under the spotlight because of the impact on household energy costs in the context of austerity and on industrial competitiveness of high energy prices. The importance of Market Based Instruments (MBI) is that they must both advance the transition to a resource-efficient and low carbon economy and support economic recovery. Environmental and climate policies should not be seen as a burden in the recovery from the fiscal and economic and social crisis, but rather as a part of the solution. The Committee urges the Commission to make environmental fiscal reform an integral and permanent part of the European Semester.

     

     

  • 25 Mar 2014
    Internal electricity market/ public intervention Adopted References: TEN/535 Referral Rapporteur: Mr Pierre Jean Coulon (Workers - GR II / France) Co-rapporteur: Mr Sorin Ionita (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 497 - 25 Mar 2014 - 26 Mar 2014

    The EESC welcomes this new communication, which it regards this as an opportunity to recalibrate policies in light of the experience acquired by the Member States and to give new impetus to the process of EU electricity market integration by focusing more clearly on the benefits to the public and the eradication of energy poverty in the EU.

  • 27 Feb 2014
    EESC opinion: Quality framework for traineeships Adopted References: SOC/499 EESC-2013-8054 Referral - Rapporteur: Vareikytė (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 214, 8.7.2014, p. 36–39

    Traineeships have become an important gateway through which young people enter the labour market. However, although traineeships have become standard in European labour markets, their spread has been accompanied by growing concerns as to learning content and working conditions. To facilitate access to employment, traineeships should offer good quality learning content and adequate working conditions.

  • 26 Feb 2014
    Towards a more balanced territorial development Adopted References: NAT/615 EESC-2013-5165 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Staffan NILSSON (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In several Eastern and Southern EU countries there is a steady flow of young people leaving their hometowns to find work in distant cities. This is a worrisome trend. An ever-increasing global food demand will require in the near future that all agricultural surfaces be cultivated.

    To abandon large production areas is a luxury that the EU cannot afford. In order to attach young workers to their rural territories, or to bring them back if they are already gone, the availability of good job opportunities is a necessary condition but not a sufficient one. Education and health services, ICT links, even cultural activities have to reach a minimum level that makes living in these places not only acceptable but indeed attractive.

     

     

  • 26 Feb 2014
    EESC opinion: Opening up education Adopted References: SOC/493 EESC-2013-6185 Referral - Rapporteur: Lobo Xavier (Employers - GR I / Portugal) Co-rapporteur: Trantina (Various interests - GR III / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 214, 8.7.2014, p. 31–35

    The Commission launched the initiative "Opening up Education" to improve the use of Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses and the ICT infrastructure and connectivity in schools.

    The EESC agrees that the digital approach in education improves its quality and creativity. Required will be the involvement of teachers and the mobilisation of all stakeholders. The initiative must be supported by EU and national funding and coordinated by the Commission. Students' social inclusion must be ensured.

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