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  • 20 Oct 2016
    Mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020 Adopted References: INT/792 EESC-2016-03274-00-00-ac-tra Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Ulrich Samm (Employers - GR I / Germany) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016

    While welcoming the existence of the Horizon 2020 program, the EESC is worried that funding for research into Societal Challenges has been significantly reduced. Moreover, the EESC is exceedingly concerned about the large disparities between Member States in terms of national funding for research and innovation.

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  • 20 Oct 2016
    European standards for the 21st Century Adopted References: INT/794 EESC-2016-03406-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pezzini (Employers - GR I / Italy) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016

    The EESC considers that a new vision is imperative in order to establish a European Standardisation System (ESS) able to adapt to constantly changing international circumstances and deliver increasing benefits to businesses, consumers, workers and the environment alike.

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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

    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

    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

    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
    Report on Competition Policy 2015 Adopted References: INT/800 EESC-2016-04505-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Juan Mendoza Castro (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016

    The EESC welcomes the 2015 Report and considers it fundamental to have a competition policy that ensures a level playing field in all sectors. Imports based on unfair competition constitute a danger to European businesses. Anti-dumping measures are essential to save jobs and protect the economy.

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  • 19 Oct 2016
    Cooperation / consumer protection Adopted References: INT/798 EESC-2016-04489-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Bernardo Hernández Bataller (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016

    The CPC Regulation harmonises the cooperation framework between national authorities in the EU so that their enforcement action can cover the full dimension of the Single Market. The primary aim of the CPC Regulation is to ensure legal certainty in the Single Market via coherent enforcement of key Union consumer acquis. The EESC supports this proposal, considering it to be timely and its content to be well-argued and developed by applying the proposal to all stakeholders - consumers, businesses and national authorities and calling on the Commission to launch the coordination with the Member States needed to implement the measures and to extend the scope of the coordinated actions.

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  • 18 Oct 2016
    Space Strategy for Europe Ongoing References: INT/809 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Mindaugas Maciulevičius (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania)

    EU space programmes already deliver services that benefit millions of people. The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Commission Communication sets out a new space policy which will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space.

  • 21 Sep 2016
    Legal framework / Customs infringements and sanctions Adopted References: INT/802 EESC-2016-04500-00-01-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Antonello Pezzini (Employers - GR I / Italy) Plenary Session: 519 - 21 Sep 2016 - 22 Sep 2016

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  • 21 Sep 2016
    Future proof regulation Adopted References: SC/045 EESC-2016-02976-00-01-AC-TRA Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Christian Moos (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Mr Denis Meynent (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 519 - 21 Sep 2016 - 22 Sep 2016

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