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  • 22 Feb 2012
    EESC Opinion: The EESC position on the preparation of the United Nations Conference (additional opinion) Adopted References: NAT/542 EESC-2012-486 Own-initiative Rapporteur: M. Hans-Joachim WILMS (Workers - GR II / Germany) Plenary Session: 478 - 22 Feb 2012 - 23 Feb 2012 (Summary Plenary Session) The present opinion reiterates the recommendations and conclusions presented in the previous EESC opinion "Rio+20: towards the green economy and better governance COM(2011) 363 final - The contribution of European organised civil society" and endorses fully the message of the EESC conference "Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20" organised by the EESC on 7 and 8 February 2012. As stated in the action plan of the previous EESC opinion on Rio+20, the EESC has organised a broad dialogue process on the topics of the Rio+20 Conference, including first reactions on the zero-draft of the outcome document released on 10 January.
  • 22 Sep 2011
    EESC Opinion: Low Carbon Economy Roadmap 2050 Adopted References: NAT/514 EESC-2011-1389 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr. Richard ADAMS (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Co-rapporteur: Mr. Josef ZBORIL (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Plenary Session: 474 - 21 Sep 2011 - 22 Sep 2011 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The Committee recommends the Commission to bring forward a comprehensive new package of measures to incentivise the massive new investment needed to deliver these new targets. The package should include a strengthening of the ETS as a cost optimising instrument for guiding investment decisions as well as other measures to: 1) promote energy efficiency in all sectors; 2) increase consumer awareness and capacity to use their purchasing power to favour low carbon goods and services; 3) support investment in the infrastructure that will be needed; 4) promote training and capacity-building in the key sectors.

  • 22 Sep 2011
    EESC Opinion: Contribution of European organised civil society to UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio (Rio+20) Adopted References: NAT/499 EESC-2011-1386 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Hans-Joachim WILMS (Workers - GR II / Germany) Plenary Session: 474 - 21 Sep 2011 - 22 Sep 2011 (Summary Plenary Session) The Rio 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development must send out a clear signal to the world community, with specific proposals for the transition to an economic order based on qualitative economic growth that helps to eliminate poverty and social injustice whilst preserving natural resources for future generations. The EESC is convinced that ensuring access to resources, food and energy should be amongst the priorities of the global sustainability agenda. Policy measures and clear indicators must be established to measure progress on the road to greater sustainability.
  • 22 Sep 2011
    EESC Opinion: Resource efficient Europe Adopted References: NAT/498 EESC-2011-1385 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr. Lutz RIBBE (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Plenary Session: 474 - 21 Sep 2011 - 22 Sep 2011 (Summary Plenary Session)

    It agrees with the Commission that the EU 2020 Strategy must pave the way for longer-term goals from now until 2050 and beyond. It wonders, however, why the Commission is coupling this flagship initiative with the EU 2020 Strategy, rather than putting it forward as a concrete expression of the sustainable development strategy, which would make much more sense.

  • 16 Sep 2010
    EESC Opinion: 2012 World Summit for Sustainable Development Adopted References: NAT/469 EESC-2010-1177 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Derek OSBORNE (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom) Plenary Session: 465 - 15 Sep 2010 - 16 Sep 2010 (Summary Plenary Session) J.O. C 48 du 15.02.2011
  • 29 May 2010
    EESC Opinion: Collective civil society initiatives for sustainable development Adopted References: NAT/451 EESC-2010-764 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Raymond HENCKS (Workers - GR II / Luxembourg) Plenary Session: 463 - 26 May 2010 - 27 May 2010 J.O. C 21 du 21.01.2011