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  • 10 Jul 2014
    EESC opinion: Review of Institutions for Occupational Retirement Pensions Directive Adopted References: SOC/509 EESC-2014-2354 Referral - Rapporteur: Pater (Various interests - GR III / Poland) Co-rapporteur: Dandea (Workers - GR II / Romania) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 451, 16.12.2014, p. 109–115

    The EESC stresses that occupational pension schemes, created as a result of decisions by the social partners, can play a very important role in ensuring that employees have additional pension provision. The EESC disagrees with the approach to IORPs purely as financial market institutions, which fails to acknowledge their important social function. A one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way of achieving the Commission's objectives given the numerous differences between pension schemes in Member States.

  • 9 Jul 2014
    European Immigration policy and relationship with third countries Adopted References: REX/398 EESC-2014-873 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Panagiotis Gkofas (Various interests - GR III / Greece) Co-rapporteur: Mr Pariza Castaños (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014

    The exploratory opinion is being drawn up at the request of the Greek Presidency of the European Union. Immigration-related issues remain a key challenge for the European Union and its Member States with a comprehensive and common strategy at EU level remaining elusive, in spite of the continued pressures that are being felt on the EU's borders.

  • 9 Jul 2014
    Long-term financing - follow-up Adopted References: ECO/365 EESC-2014-2476 Referral - Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Co-rapporteur: Vincent FARRUGIA (Employers - GR I / Malta) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 OJ C 451 of 16.12.2014, p.91
  • 9 Jul 2014
    Finance for business/alternative supply mechanisms Adopted References: ECO/361 EESC-2014-1346 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 OJ C 451 of 16.12.2014, p. 20
  • 9 Jul 2014
    Completing EMU - the next European legislature Adopted References: ECO/357 EESC-2013-07057-00-00-ac-tra Own-initiative Rapporteur: Joost VAN IERSEL and Carmelo CEDRONE Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 451 of 16.12.2014, p.10
  • 9 Jul 2014
    Crowdfunding in the European Union Adopted References: INT/741 EESC-2014-2102 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Juan Mendoza Catro (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 451, 16.12.2014, p. 69

    The EESC welcomes the Commission communication and emphasises the growth potential of crowdfunding in the EU as an alternative source of funding. It also emphasises the dependence of SMEs on bank loans, a situation that will persist despite the existence of alternative sources which are not always easy to access. Therefore Crowdfunding should be explicitly recognised in the laws of the Member States as a new form of patronage.

  • 9 Jul 2014
    Reform of the structure of EU banks Adopted References: INT/717 EESC-2014-1791 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Edgardo Maria Iozia (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 451, 16.12.2014, p. 45.

    The EESC expresses its firm support for the structural reform of the banking system. It considers the Commission's proposal for a regulation to be a valid and effective response aimed at separating commercial banking activities from investment activities.

    The EESC supports and encourages a broad agreement to boost the economy and restore trust in the financial institutions, and calls on the Commission to promote a European Social Pact for Sustainable Finance.

    Nevertheless, the EESC believes that the Commission should give greater attention to investors and employees, who have hitherto received little attention in the reform.

    Besides, the EESC recommends that oversight activities be carried out in close cooperation and coordination between the EBA and the national authorities, which are well-acquainted with the markets and which will play a key role in managing the new reformed European finance.

  • 4 Jun 2014
    EU greenhouse gas emission trading scheme Adopted References: NAT/637 EESC-2014-800 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr. Antonello PEZZINI (Employers - GR I / Italy) Plenary Session: 499 - 4 Jun 2014 - 5 Jun 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The Committee considers the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to be a key instrument in EU climate and energy policy for reducing the EU's industrial emissions, and, therefore, calls for its genuine reform aimed at achieving both the EU's climate objectives for 2020 and 2030 while safeguarding our industrial competitiveness and avoiding investment leakage. The EESC supports the proposal to establish a market stability reserve at the beginning of the next ETS trading period in 2021, as a possible measure to deal with post-2020 ETS price volatility.

     

     

     

     

  • 4 Jun 2014
    Policy Framework for Climate and Energy 2020-2030 Adopted References: NAT/636 EESC-2014-917 Referral - Rapporteur: Ms. Ulla SIRKEINEN (Employers - GR I / Finland) Plenary Session: 499 - 4 Jun 2014 - 5 Jun 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC recommends taking a decisive step towards a real European Energy Community by coordinating national plans, particularly with a view to securing the EU’s energy supply, providing more information on plans to step up action in the non-ETS sector, particularly in the transport, agriculture and land use sectors. And taking radical action on innovation and research as the providers of real solutions to the challenges, in combination with measures to promote the manufacture of equipment for the low carbon economy, while and ensuring that delivery by industry is supported by better training, and making the international development of climate policies the top priority and in parallel paying more attention to adaptation to climate change.

     

     

  • 4 Jun 2014
    Exploration of hydrocarbons with fracking Adopted References: NAT/629 EESC-2014-1320 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Josef ZBORIL (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Co-rapporteur: Mr Sorin IONITA (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 499 - 4 Jun 2014 - 5 Jun 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC believes that the Commission's documents (Communication and Recommendations) are based on a realistic view of the subject and that further discussions must be based on facts and findings, but it is also necessary to consider important subjective factors such as the public's perception of risk. The EESC takes a balanced view of the potential role of unconventional hydrocarbons in the EU energy mix.

     

     

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