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Agenda 2030 for sustainable development: a new frontier of rights and progress for the EU

On 22-23 May, the Various Interests' Group is holding a conference on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Indeed, embarking on a "collective journey…to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty…(delivering a) new universal Agenda …(which will) realise the human rights of all" are very ambitious objectives. However, moving from declarations to concrete action is even more ambitious and hence, the effective governance of the 2030 Agenda is of paramount importance. Without doubt, it will only become a reality if citizens actively support the necessary transitions and if civil society is directly involved throughout the process.





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  • 27 Apr 2017
    Terrorism Financing – Controls of cash movements Adopted References: ECO/427 EESC-2017-00342-00-01-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Javier DOZ ORRIT (Workers - GR II / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Mihai IVASCU (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017

    The EESC supports the Commission's proposal to expand the scope of controls and the competency of the authorities in order to conduct checks and confiscate goods, whenever there is a reasonable indication of illicit activities. The EESC recommends to improve cooperation, both between the competent authorities and between Member States and suggests that penalties should be harmonised across Member States and communicated to the Commission in a coherent way. The Committee also proposes that, in addition to gold, other "highly liquid commodities" should be included in the definition of cash from the moment the new regulation is adopted and it draws attention to the threat of further use of pre-paid cards by criminals and terrorists to covertly finance their activities.

  • 27 Apr 2017
    European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS) Adopted References: SOC/556 EESC-2016-06889-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC considers the intention to create ETIAS as a currently inevitable step corresponding to the threats caused by external and internal circumstances. ETIAS should be based on the right balance between risks and safety, at the same time avoiding increased administrative burdens and barriers for people travelling to the EU. The Committee stresses that ETIAS should fully respect the fundamental rights of applicants and avoid any discrimination. All data gathered by the system must be protected and access to it should be strictly limited. All applicants should be allowed to use the services of intermediaries to obtain the travel authorisation, if needed. However, the costs charged by these intermediaries for their services should be monitored and evaluated by EU delegations in the third countries.

  • 26 Apr 2017
    Clean Energy for all Package Adopted References: TEN/624 EESC-2016 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Ulrich SAMM (Employers - GR I / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Mr Toni VIDAN (Various interests - GR III) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017

    The EESC welcomes the "clean energy" package, which aims to accelerate, transform and consolidate the EU economy's clean energy transition, while pursuing the important goals of economic growth and job creation. The proposed package includes important proposals in the areas of renewable energies and electricity market design and regulation, energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings, energy innovations, transport, and governance – and the Committee views many of the initiatives favourably. However, the opinion – drawing on nine other opinions concerned with the individual proposals of the clean energy package – also identifies a number of challenges that civil society and co-legislators need to be aware of.

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  • Issue Date: April 2017
    EESC info April 2017

    IN THIS ISSUE: Insolvency legislation should treat businesses as a social asset; Efficient, WTO-compatible and up-to-date TDIs are pivotal for the competitiveness of European industry; Digital Single Market: consumer protection must be top priority; Big data: how to minimise risks while maximising benefits for all


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