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  • 19 Oct 2016
    European control mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights Adopted References: SOC/536 EESC-2016-01275-00-01-ac Own-initiative Rapporteur: Moreno Diaz (Workers - GR II / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Topolánszky (Various interests - GR III / Hungary) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 8–14

    Alarming political decisions have shown that the EU lacks adequate instruments to safeguard fundamental values and the rule of law. A new European mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights is needed. The mechanism should include a regular assessment of Member States in a governance "policy coordination cycle", similar to the European Semester. The EESC should play an active role, as this will make for strong civil society involvement. The mechanism must be based on indicators, taking into account the indivisibility of fundamental economic, social and cultural rights and civil and political rights.

     

     

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain Adopted References: NAT/680 EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Peter Schmidt (Workers - GR II / Germany) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016

    Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Prosumer Energy and Prosumer Power Cooperatives: Opportunities and challenges in the EU countries Adopted References: TEN/583 EESC-2016 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Janusz PIETKIEWICZ (Employers - GR I / Poland) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 44–52

    The EESC takes the view that the general development of distributed prosumer energy should form an important and sustainable part of the European Union’s energy policy. Such an approach would be beneficial and might even be necessary from the point of view of energy security and in light of environmental and social concerns. In particular, the Committee points to the prosumers’ advantages of, among others, lower energy transmission costs, better use of local energy sources, and the economic and social involvement of local communities.

    To this end, the phenomenon of "’prosumers’" must be comprehensively and legally defined; public finance schemes should not discriminate against prosumers; smart and storage technologies must be developed and rolled-out in support of prosumers (and others); prosumers need to be protected from the monopolistic practices of energy transmission, distribution and large energy producing companies; and the establishment and operation of energy cooperatives and other collective prosumer entities should be promoted. It is important to note that the promotion of prosumers should on no account distort market competition.

    The EESC advises the European Commission to take account of the aforementioned prosumer energy issues in the current Electricity Market Design and Renewables Package Review.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Anti-Money Laundering Directive Adopted References: ECO/408 EESC-2016-04274-00-01-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Javier DOZ ORRIT (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34 of 2.2.2017, p. 121

    The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance. The Committee concludes with calling for additional steps to protect the rights of citizens against illegal use or abuse of the information recorded by the competent authorities in the fight against money laundering and related crimes.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Access to anti-money-laundering information by tax authorities Adopted References: ECO/414 EESC-2016-04584-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Petru Sorin DANDEA (Workers - GR II / Romania) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34 of 2.2.2017, p. 127

    The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance. The Committee concludes with calling for additional steps to protect the rights of citizens against illegal use or abuse of the information recorded by the competent authorities in the fight against money laundering and related crimes.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Parcel delivery Adopted References: INT/799 EESC-2016-04454-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Raymond Hencks (Workers - GR II / Luxembourg) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 106

    For the EESC it is essential that the Commission take further action to ensure that all e-retailers and consumers, and particularly individuals and SMEs in remote areas, can finally benefit from cross-border parcel delivery services that are accessible, high quality and affordable, fearing that the proposed measures not be enough and do little to encourage the cross-border parcel delivery services concerned to charge reasonable tariffs. Therefore the EESC regrets that the Commission is shelving any more stringent measures until the end of 2018, calling on the Commission to take the same approach it took to roaming charges in mobile communications.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Involvement of consumers / financial services Adopted References: INT/801 EESC-2016-04511-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Reine-Claude Mader (Various interests - GR III / France) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 117

    While supporting the pilot project to set up a financial expertise centre for consumers and end-users of financial services, the EESC feels it would be useful to call for a number of conditions to be met: legitimacy, financial independence, transparency and accountability, public visibility, as well as balance between financial sector professionals and users.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Unjustified geo-blocking Adopted References: INT/797 EESC-2016-03623-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr van Iersel (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 93

    The proposal from the Commission is a welcomed step further in the creation of a Digital Single Market, but it's not a game-changer. More ambitious and well-defined proposals for a Digital Single Market in favour of consumers and companies, should be put forward.

    Justified geo-blocking resulting from different Member States' industrial policies and diverging legislation is also damaging the development of SMEs and scale-ups operating in Europe. The EU should focus equally on the remaining obstacles in the Single Market that discourage or hamper traders from selling on-line and/or off-line across borders.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    CEAS Reform I Adopted References: SOC/543 EESC-2016-02981-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Moreno Díaz (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 144–150

    An efficient reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is essential. While the EESC approves of the proposal to improve and speed up the determination of Member State responsible for examining an asylum application, it calls for including protective provisions on procedural issues, individual treatment of applications, maintenance of discretionary clauses, maintenance of the deadline for the cessation of obligation for a Member State to assume responsibility and the rights of applicants.

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  • 11 Oct 2016
    Regular migration to the EU Adopted References: REX/460 Rapporteur: Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece) Co-rapporteur: Jean-Marc Roirant (Various interests - GR III / France)

    This report follows the conclusion of the 2015 Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions on cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU and will be presented at the 2016 Euromed Summit. Cooperation with countries of origin and international bodies to increase transit possibilities for regular migrants to the EU is the most effective way of combating the illicit trafficking of people and meeting the need for workers in EU countries. The aim of the information report is to define the pillars that can facilitate cooperation on regular migration and ascertain what experience has been gained from labour migration agreements with countries of origin and from the ways in which the Member States manage recruitment abroad.

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