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  • 22 May 2013
    EESC Opinion: Subcommittee - For a social dimension of the European Economic and Monetary Union Adopted References: CESE 1566/2013 - SC/038 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Luca Jahier (Various interests - GR III / Italy) Co-rapporteur: Giorgios Dassis (Workers - GR II / Greece) Plenary Session: 490 - 22 May 2013 - 23 May 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 271, 19.09.2013, p. 01-07 It is time to build the social pillar of the EMU within the framework of a social Europe, without which citizens' adhesion to the European project as a whole will remain at risk. The EESC recommends to launch a new European Social Action Programme with tangible measures to develop social governance and participatory ownership of the European project. The EESC would propose two new exploratory initiatives: - The issuance of European Social Bonds financed, owned, managed and supervised transparently by civil society stakeholders; - The setting-up of a European Education Network for Unemployed Workers.
  • 17 Apr 2013
    Fight against tax fraud and tax evasion Adopted References: CESE 101/2013 - ECO/341 Referral - COM(2012) 722 final Rapporteur: Petru Sorin DANDEA (Workers - GR II / Romania) Plenary Session: 489 - 17 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 198 of 10.07.2013
  • 17 Apr 2013
    The economic effects from electricity systems created by increased and intermittent supply from renewable sources Adopted References: TEN/508 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Gerd Wolf (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Plenary Session: 489 - 17 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013 The EESC has given strong support to renewable energy sources (RES) in previous opinions and the preparation of the so-called 20/20/20 package. The increasing share of intermittent RES has prompted intense debates on the technical and economic consequences of such an increase. Beyond a certain share of the energy mix, intermittent RES require additional components of the energy system to be put in place: grid extensions, storage facilities, and reserve capacities. The Committee therefore recommends that significant impetus be given to developing and installing these missing elements.
  • 17 Apr 2013
    Single European Sky II+ Adopted References: TEN/504 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Jacek Krawczyk (Employers - GR I / Poland) Plenary Session: 489 - 17 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013

    The EESC is pleading for the full and swift implementation of the Single European Sky (SES). The continuing crisis in the aviation sector calls even more for bringing European Air Traffic Management (ATM) services to an efficiency level that is comparable with global best practices. Strong European policy action is now needed for strengthening the Internal Market for aviation.


  • 21 Mar 2013
    The Internal Market and State aid for the regions Adopted References: CESE 1849/2012 - INT/653 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Edgardo Iozia (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Mar 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 161, 06.06.2013, p. 20 The Committee is delighted of the process to update and modernise the guidelines on public aid for businesses in disadvantaged areas and calls on the Commission to make EU policies more consistent with competition policy. The Committee requests that the new guidelines on state aid for the regions give Member States a flexible cross-sectoral instrument and asks for the adoption of more flexible parameters that are better tailored to a dramatically changing economic context.
  • 21 Mar 2013
    EESC opinion: Youth Employment Package Adopted References: CESE 2419/2012 - SOC/474 Referral - 2 referrals, see below Rapporteur: Trantina (Various interests - GR III / Czech Republic) Co-rapporteur: de Buck (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Mar 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 161, 06.06.2013, p. 67-72 The EESC welcomes the Youth Employment Package. It recommends, whenever possible, the age limit for access to the scheme be increased to 30, to cover young people who leave university later or those who are still in a transition phase from education to employment and are still at risk of losing contact with the labour market. There is also need to improve the conditions for offering traineeships and ensure their quality.
  • 20 Mar 2013
    Needs and methods of public involvement in the energy policy field Adopted References: CESE 2366/2012 - TEN/503 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Richard Adams (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Mar 2013 The EESC will take a lead in establishing a European Energy Dialogue (EED), a coordinated multi-level, action-oriented conversation within and across all Member States. The programme will be ambitious and funded by stakeholders in the energy chain, linking with existing initiatives and gaining recognition as a trustworthy "social brand" responsive to public needs and concerns. The EED will be synonymous with reliable information about energy, and will offer a "negotiation space" where implementation issues can be discussed against a background of societal impact and acceptance, investment and resource strategy and other policy considerations. It will influence policy-making across all forms of energy and stimulate convergence at EU level, with strong links to the post-2020 energy and climate action framework. The EESC therefore recommends strong political and administrative backing for the proposed EED.
  • 20 Mar 2013
    General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 Adopted References: CESE 296/2013 - NAT/592 Referral - COM(2012) 710 final – 2012/0337 (COD) Rapporteur: Mr Lutz RIBBE (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Mar 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) The EESC welcomes the draft proposal for a seventh Environment Action Programme (EAP). The decision of the Council and of the Parliament establishes an environment policy consensus among the EU's decision-making institutions on how serious the environmental situation remains, that there are significant deficiencies in the implementation of European environment law, that the efforts made to date to solve current and future problems have been inadequate, and on what action needs to be taken in environment policy in the period up to 2020.
  • 20 Mar 2013
    Prevention and reduction of food waste Adopted References: CESE 1917/2012 - NAT/570 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Yves SOMVILLE (Various interests - GR III / Belgium) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Feb 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) Up to 50% of food gets wasted in EU households, supermarkets, restaurants and along the food supply chain each year, while 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions. The proposed own-initiative opinion should give impetus to draw up at the European level a coordinated strategy, combining EU-wide and national measures, to improve the efficiency of food supply and consumption chains and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency.
  • 20 Mar 2013
    EESC opinion: Employee influence and participation Adopted References: CESE 2096/2012 - SOC/470 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Greif (Workers - GR II / Austria) Plenary Session: 488 - 20 Mar 2013 - 21 Mar 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 161, 06.06.2013, p. 35-39 The EESC is convinced that "good" and thus "sustainable" business management must be built on the legal structures and practices of employee involvement based on information, consultation and, where applicable, co-determination. The "sustainable company" as a business management concept entails that the "voice" of employees is respected in business decisions and a "fair relationship" between employees, management and owners. A set of tools already exists for the obligatory involvement of employee representatives at national and European level. These provisions should be consolidated and applied generally in EU law, and in particular definitions of information, consultation and participation should be standardised. A new stage in this debate is marked by the European Parliament's resolution of 15 January 2013 on minimum standards for restructuring.

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