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  • 27 Apr 2016
    Portability of online content services Adopted References: INT/781 EESC-2016-00719-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Hernández Bataller (Various interests - GR III) Plenary Session: 516 - 27 Apr 2016 - 28 Apr 2016

    The EESC welcomes the Commission's initiative to address "cross-border portability" through a regulation, but considers it necessary for a subscriber's "Member State of residence" to be clearly defined. The vacatio legis period of six months would be for the EESC a reasonable period for the service providers concerned to adapt their delivery systems to the new situation.

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  • 27 Apr 2016
    Company law Adopted References: INT/780 EESC-2016-000895-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pegado Liz (Various interests - GR III / Portugal) Co-rapporteur: Mr Barker and Mr Lefevre Plenary Session: 516 - 27 Apr 2016 - 28 Apr 2016

    The EESC fully supports the consolidation, codification and thereby simplification of the text of the proposal relating to certain aspects of company law. The EESC would also have wished for a more ambitious exercise that aimed to codify aspects that are still spread across other legislative instruments.

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  • 15 Apr 2016
    Circular Economy Package (Rolling Programme) Ongoing References: NAT/676 Referral - Rapporteur: Lohan (Various interests - GR III / Ireland)

    The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits. The opinion on the Commission's circular economy package includes a number of key recommendations, in particular addressing the Action Plan and upcoming legislative initiatives; among these recommendations, the EESC suggests the creation of a European platform of stakeholders involved in the circular economy to address strategic issues associated with the resource-efficiency transition and keep the political momentum high.

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  • 15 Mar 2016
    Steel: Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe Ongoing References: CCMI/146 Referral - Rapporteur: Andrés Barceló Delgado (Employers - GR I / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Enrico Gibellieri (Italy)

    The steel industry is confronted to serious short-term and long-term challenges basically fuelled by global overcapacity, a dramatic increase of exports and an unprecedented wave of unfair trading practices. These challenges require a forceful response at the European level. The Commission proposal focuses on new short-term measures to strengthen the EU's defence against unfair trade practices, as well as on international negotiations to tackle the causes of global overcapacity. Longer-term actions are also put forward to guarantee the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of steel industry such as: Investing in future solutions and technologies to develop technology and quality; investing in people (skilled and well-trained workforce); and focusing policies in key areas like competition, energy, emissions trading and the circular economy.

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  • 16 Feb 2016
    Regulation on mercury Ongoing References: NAT/687 Referral - Rapporteur: Vladimír Novotný (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic)

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  • 19 Jan 2016
    Information Report on the impact on key industrial sectors, (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments) Ongoing References: CCMI/144 Rapporteur: Andrés Barceló Delgado (Employers - GR I / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Gerald Kreuzer (Workers - GR II / Austria)

    In 2011, the EESC adopted a CCMI own-initiative opinion on "Third-country state-owned enterprises in EU public procurement markets, which highlighted the need to counter "unfair competition practices" that could affect key EU industries (CCMI/082). On 9 November 2015, the special Competiveness Council examined "competitive pressure factors" facing the European steel industry and other key industrial sectors connected such as the automobile industry, railways, construction, electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering, arising from the dumping of cheap, subsidized Chinese steel on the European market.

     

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  • 19 Jan 2016
    Shipbreaking and the recycling society Ongoing References: CCMI/145 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Martin Siecker (Workers - GR II / Netherlands) Co-rapporteur: Richard Adams (United Kingdom)

    Most ships that reach their economical end-of-life are scrapped in an irresponsible way in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh using the "beaching-method". That involves grounding them on a sandy beach where they are scrapped by unskilled workers, including many children, without appropriate equipment, without any health and safety provisions protecting them against the large quantities of hazardous substances released and without paying them a liveable wage. In the EU there are only some facilities that are primarily specialised in recycling military vessels for safety reasons. They most often can’t compete in the market for recycling commercial vessels as the price offered in the countries that use the beaching method is much higher than in Europe.

     

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  • 19 Jan 2016
    Strengthening European personal care, hygiene and cosmetic products industries Ongoing References: CCMI/143 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Madi Sharma (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom) Co-rapporteur: Dirk Jarré (Various interests - GR III / Germany)

    Europe has always played a key role in the innovation and development of personal care, body hygiene and beauty products. However its leading position has progressively been eroded in the process of global competition. While the innovative capacity of Europe’s specialised enterprises is very impressive, the production and commercialisation of European inventions have shifted to other parts of the world with serious economic and social consequences for Europe in terms of benefits, labour opportunities and incentives for research and development. To strengthen this particular branch of industry by appropriate strategies will lead to a major contribution to industrial reshoring and industrial development.

     

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  • 19 Jan 2016
    Role and effect of JTIs and PPPs in implementing Horizon 2020 for sustainable industrial change Ongoing References: CCMI/142 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Antonello Pezzini (Employers - GR I / Italy) Co-rapporteur: Enrico Gibellieri (Italy)

    The new ongoing EU framework programme for R&I, Horizon 2020, introduced a substantial innovation in how it is structured compared with previous EU framework programmes, giving more room for the influence of both industry and Member States by establishing partnerships.

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  • 19 Jan 2016
    Industry 4.0: State of affairs, the way forward Ongoing References: CCMI/141 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Joost van Iersel (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Co-rapporteur: Nicola Konstantinou (Workers - GR II / Greece)

    In October 2014, the EESC adopted an own-initiative opinion on business services in industry. In addition to a description of the processes involved with Industry 4.0 and digitalisation in the European economy and in various Members States, it presented a number of recommendations to the European institutions regarding desirable approaches at EU level. The importance of Industry 4.0 and its huge impact on industrial change lie in its crosscutting development across society and business, affecting all sectors and value chains. While industrial processes are intensifying, better coordination between governments and businesses is emerging, universities and research centres are becoming increasingly involved, and social partners are also active at various levels. After some hesitation, Commissioner Oettinger at the Juncker Commission has been given a mandate to coordinate EU measures relating to 4.0 and digitisation.

     

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