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  • 17 Oct 2013
    Single Resolution Mechanism Adopted References: CESE 5008/2013 - ECO/350 Referral - COM(2013) 520 final - 2013/0253 (COD) Rapporteur: Daniel MAREELS (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 67 of 6.03.2014, p.58

    The EESC welcomes the proposals to set up a Single Resolution Mechanism which, forms an important new building block in developing the banking union. The Committee equally welcomes the proposed Single Bank Resolution Fund and considers it important to ensure that the resolution fund has the financial resources it needs to fulfil its role properly.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    Towards more sustainable consumption: industrial product lifetimes and restoring trust through consumer information Adopted References: CESE 1904/2013 - CCMI/112 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. LIBAERT (Various interests - GR III / France) Co-rapporteur: Mr. HABER (Employers - GR I / France)

    Planned obsolescence is associated with a form of industrial production that relies on a minimum renewal rate for its products. Although product renewal is necessary, certain abuses need to be addressed. The EESC would like to see a total ban on products with built-in defects designed to end the product's life.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector (communication) Adopted References: CESE 4413/2013 - CCMI/116 Referral - Communication on the European Defence and Security Sector adopted on 24 July 2013 Rapporteur: Mr van Iersel (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Co-rapporteur: Ms Hrusecka (Workers - GR II / Slovakia) The strategic and geopolitical environment is rapidly and constantly evolving. The world’s balance of power is shifting as new centres of gravity are emerging and the US is rebalancing its strategic focus towards Asia. In this situation, Europe has to assume greater responsibilities for its security at home and abroad. To punch its weight, the EU needs to develop a credible CSDP. This evolution must be fully compatible with NATO and its principles.
  • 16 Oct 2013
    European Long-term Investment Funds Adopted References: CESE 5189/2013 - ECO/354 Referral - COM(2013) 462 final - 2013/0214 (COD) Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 67 of 6.03.2014, p. 71
  • 16 Oct 2013
    Taxation - mandatory automatic exchange of information Adopted References: CESE 5161/2013 - ECO/353 Referral - COM(2013) 348 final - 2013/0188 (CNS) Rapporteur: Petru Sorin DANDEA (Workers - GR II / Romania) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 67 of 6.03.2014, p. 68
  • 16 Oct 2013
    Guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks Adopted References: TEN/531 Referral - COM(2013) 329 final – 2011/0299 (COD) Rapporteur: Mr Lemercier (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013

    The Committee EESC firmly believes that broadband access for everyone is key to the development of the European economy and from now on will be an essential element in the creation of new jobs. Yet, on 8 February 2013, under the new multiannual financial framework (MFF), the Council slashed the digital Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget to EUR 1 billion. The amended proposal takes into account the latest positions in the Council and in the relevant European Parliament committee. The EESC therefore laments the fact that the Commission's revised proposal envisages deep cuts in the relevant budget and expresses its regret that the Commission has been forced to make far-reaching changes to projects of common interest for the development of broadband networks and digital service infrastructures.

  • 16 Oct 2013
    The 2015 International Climate Change Agreement Adopted References: CESE 3372/2013 - NAT/603 Referral - COM(2013) 167 final Rapporteur: Mr Josef Zbořil (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) In 2011 the international community launched negotiations on a new international agreement to act collectively to protect the earth's climate system. This agreement, which is to be completed by the end of 2015 and to apply from 2020 onwards, is currently being negotiated through a process known as the "Durban Platform for Enhanced Action" (ADP). The EESC advocates that European engagement should be proactive, ambitious and realistic about what can be accomplished and adaptive to changes in the global environment. Reflecting all three pillars of sustainability as well as transparency and accountability are pre-requisites for any successful future climate agreement. An EU that is able to cope with external challenges will also be able to provide a new driving narrative for its citizens.
  • 16 Oct 2013
    EU strategy on adaptation to climate change Adopted References: CESE 4122/2013 - NAT/609 Referral - COM(2013) 216 final Rapporteur: Ms. Isabel Caño Aguilar (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) The EESC supports the strategy on adaptation to climate change proposed by the Commission, while at the same underlining that mitigation policies are a key priority given the negative impact that climate change has already had in Europe. The implementation of the new adaptation plan must take account of the fact that higher temperatures in Europe and the possibility of an increased rate of extreme phenomena may cause damage to people, the economy and the environment that is greater than initially thought.
  • 16 Oct 2013
    EESC opinion: The social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union Adopted References: CESE 6069/2013 - SOC/494 Referral - COM(2013) 690 final Rapporteur: Dassis (Workers - GR II / Greece) Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 67, 06.03.2014, p. 122-124

    The Committee welcomes the increased attention brought to social investment, a greater targeting of European funds to sound employment and social policies, a dedicated youth employment initiative and youth guarantee scheme, and better cross-border mobility. It also welcomes the foreseen strengthened social dialogue as part of the European Semester process. It particularly supports the idea to step up closer surveillance of employment and social imbalances within the EMU through a systematic monitoring of rates of unemployment, of young people not in employment or training or education, of household income, poverty and inequality. The proposed scoreboard should pro-actively detect asymmetric developments and spill-over into overall economic performance and trigger a timely and effective adjustment mechanism and policy response.

  • 16 Oct 2013
    Mayotte – Exclusion from the VAT Directive and Excise Duty Directive Adopted References: CESE 6526/2013 - ECO/356 Referral - COM(2013) 577 final – 2013/0280 (CNS) Rapporteur: Category C Plenary Session: 493 - 16 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 67 of 6.03.2014, p. 181

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