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Opinions in the spotlight - page 6

Results 51 to 60 out of 184.

  • 19 Sep 2013
    Civil society partnership Baltic Sea Region Adopted References: CESE 4038/2013 - ECO/349 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 341 of 21.11.2013, p.1 This opinion sets out an argument that an effective way of strengthening civil society partnerships in delivering the Baltic Sea Region Strategy is through the implementation of the Partnership Principle as set out in the Commission's Code of Conduct Partnership. The EESC recommends that the Baltic Sea Region Strategy could informally embrace the process outlined in the Code of Conduct and apply it to the ongoing evolution and implementation of the Baltic Sea Region Strategy.
  • 18 Sep 2013
    Food security and bioenergy Adopted References: CESE 2634/2013 - NAT/595 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Franco Chiriaco (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) There is a global increase in demand for bioenergy. This is a positive development if managed sustainably. It can contribute to several policy objectives such as agricultural and rural development, climate change mitigation and better energy access and security [...] The opinion aim to look into options for promoting sustainable production of "food and fuel", and particularly how civil society can contribute. What does the EU biofuel policy mean for European and global food security? What regulatory frameworks are necessary to make it sustainable? What support for implementation is needed? How can the competition of land-use be better managed?
  • 18 Sep 2013
    Establishing Sustainable Development Goals Adopted References: CESE 955/2013 - NAT/594 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Ms. An Le Nouail Marlière (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In the referral letter for this exploratory opinion the Commission makes the link between Sustainable development goals (SDGs), inclusive green economy and poverty eradication and asks to explore how, in a future framework of universally applicable SDGs, the economic, environmental and social dimension might be successfully integrated.

  • 18 Sep 2013
    For coordinated European measures to prevent and combat energy poverty Adopted References: TEN/516 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Coulon (Workers - GR II / France) Co-rapporteur: Mr Hernández Bataller (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 To address the issue of energy poverty, the EESC calls for a European energy security and solidarity commitment within the framework of a European energy community which would drive forward a truly European policy and aim to: protect individuals and prevent their social exclusion; take action to reduce the factors of structural vulnerability; and encourage everyone to assume responsibility for using sustainable and renewable energy resources.
  • 18 Sep 2013
    Future of Carbon Capture and Storage in Europe Adopted References: TEN/522 Referral - COM(2013) 180 final Rapporteur: Mr Adams (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 EU energy and climate policy must recognise and be responsive to global markets and international agreements. It also must develop answers when the markets fails to respond to social priorities and deal with the lack of political coherence. The debate on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) exemplifies the tensions represented in such a policy initiative.
  • 18 Sep 2013
    Revision of the nuclear safety directive Adopted References: TEN/529 Referral - COM(2013) 343 final Rapporteur: Mr Adams (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 492 - 18 Sep 2013 - 19 Sep 2013 The EESC positively welcomes the timely amendments to the Nuclear Safety Directive. How this issue is perceived by the public has a significant impact on national policy. Citizens rightly expect verifiable high standards and consistency.
  • 11 Jul 2013
    EESC opinion: Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products Adopted References: CESE 841/2013 - SOC/478 Referral - COM(2012) 788 final Rapporteur: Rodríguez García-Caro (Employers - GR I / Spain) Plenary Session: 491 - 10 Jul 2013 - 11 Jul 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 327, 12.11.2013, p. 65–81 Following a heated debate, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted at its 10-11 July plenary session an opinion on the review of the tobacco directive proposed by the European Commission. In its opinion, the EESC argues that the changes proposed by the Commission will have serious consequences for jobs, the economy and tax revenues, thereby breaching other fundamental EU objectives such as full employment and restored growth. However, the European Economic and Social Committee is also fully aware of the risks that tobacco poses to public health.
  • 10 Jul 2013
    Economic potential of EU - State-owned enterprises Adopted References: CESE 4263/2013 - INT/699 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Raymond Hencks (Workers - GR II / Luxembourg) Plenary Session: 491 - 10 Jul 2013 - 11 Jul 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 327, 12.11.2013, p. 1

    This exploratory opinion, requested by the Lithuanian presidency, sheds light on the specific contribution that State-owned enterprises can make to the EU's competitiveness. It pinpoints the specific challenges that exist in this area for EU policy and the European institutions. As part of its consideration of the way in which public undertakings could contribute more to the EU's economic recovery and competitiveness, the Committee has addressed the issue of Europe's Services of General Economic Interest in a number of opinions. The EESC also raises the question of the economic activities of the EU's executive agencies, wondering if they are truly independent, while their tasks and responsibilities lead them to be directly involved in socio-economic activities.

  • 10 Jul 2013
    The role of civil society in EU-Serbia relations Adopted References: CESE 1176/2013 - REX/381 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Ionut Sibian (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Mr Christoph Lechner (Workers - GR II / Austria) Plenary Session: 491 - 10 Jul 2013 - 11 Jul 2013

    The opinion should take stock of the current situation of civil society in Serbia (legal environment, relations with the authorities, situation of social and civil dialogues) and propose recommendations for possible EU action in this field. The opinion will provide an opportunity to get the views of Serbian civil society organisations in the course of a study visit to Serbia.

  • 10 Jul 2013
    Long-term financing – financial services sector Adopted References: CESE 2677/2013 - ECO/347 Referral - COM(2013) 150 final Rapporteur: Michael SMYTH (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 491 - 10 Jul 2013 - 11 Jul 2013 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 327 of 12.11.2013

    The EESC welcomes initiatives to foster productive investment and the formation of long-lived tangible and intangible capital but urges the Commission to give greater attention to the need to finance more "socially useful" capital investment. If banks are likely to play a less prominent role in the future as providers of long-term financing, then opportunities may arise for other intermediaries such as national and multilateral development banks, institutional investors, sovereign funds and, crucially, bond markets. The EESC welcomes the recent recapitalisation of the EIB as this will strengthen its ability to leverage additional private investment finance and to play a stronger countercyclical role in investment funding and credit supply to SMEs.. While some Member States have embarked on special savings schemes to mobilise longer-term savings hypothecated to wider social investments, the creation of an EU or eurozone wide savings vehicle, perhaps offering an interest rate premium may be worth considering.

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