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  • 6 Jul 2017
    Effectiveness of policies for SMEs Adopted References: INT/787 EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Angelova (Employers - GR I / Bulgaria) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017


    In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

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  • 5 Jul 2017
    Copyright / Accessibility Adopted References: INT/824 EESC-2017-02670-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pedro Almeida Freire (Employers - GR I / Portugal) Co-rapporteur: Mr Mihai Ivaşcu (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017

    The EESC agrees with the compromise proposed by the Presidency which makes possible a swift ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty.

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  • 5 Jul 2017
    Directive 2010/40/EU | Delegated acts Adopted References: INT/820 EESC-2017-01885-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pegado Liz (Various interests - GR III / Portugal) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017

    The Committee agrees in principle with the Commission's proposal.

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  • 5 Jul 2017
    Enforcement of competition rules Adopted References: INT/821 EESC-2017-01811-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Juan Mendoza Castro (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017

    The EESC stresses the role of national competition authorities (NCAs) to fight against secret cartels and shows its concern with the serious shortcomings regarding the independence and resources of the NCAs in many Member States. It recommends that the powers allocated to the NCAs should also be used in preventive actions and that they should be granted the power to institute legal proceedings in their own right.

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  • 16 Jun 2017
    Report on Competition Policy 2016 Ongoing References: INT/829 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Barros Vale (Employers - GR I / Portugal)

    Commission's report on competition policy presents its actions taken in 2016  which focused on a wide range of policy areas with the aim to make markets work more fairly for businesses and citizens.

    At the same time, competition policy continued supporting the Commission's efforts to deliver on key political priorities, in particular a connected Digital Single Market, a deeper and fairer internal market, and an integrated and climate-friendly Energy Union.

  • 7 Jun 2017
    Digital Single Market: Mid-term review Ongoing References: INT/828 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Longo (Employers - GR I / Italy)

    Since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy in May 2015, the Commission has delivered on all key measures and presented 35 proposals in total. The Commission calls for swift co-legislative agreements and for all parties to ensure that the measures proposed are rapidly adopted and implemented to allow people and businesses in the EU to fully benefit from a functional Digital Single Market. With the DSM's results among the more tangible for EU citizens, the EESC is particularly interested in the impact on consumers.

  • 1 Jun 2017
    Adapting RPS acts to Articles 290 and 291 TFEU Adopted References: INT/813 EESC-2017-758 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pegado Liz (Various interests - GR III / Portugal) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    The definition of delegated acts in Article 290(1) is very similar to that of acts which are subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny (RPS). The acts in question are of general application and seek to amend or supplement certain non-essential elements of the legislative instrument.

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  • 31 May 2017
    Services Package Adopted References: INT/815 EESC-2017-729 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Arno Metzler (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Mr Stefano Palmieri (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    The proposed measures of the services package aim to make it easier for services providers to navigate administrative formalities, helping Member States identify overly burdensome or outdated requirements on professionals operating domestically or across borders. Rather than amending existing EU rules in the services area, the Commission focuses on ensuring better application.

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  • 31 May 2017
    Artificial intelligence Adopted References: INT/806 EESC-2016-05369-00-00-AC-TRA Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Catelijne Muller (Workers - GR II / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions to improve peoples lives, grow the economy, and address challenges in health and wellbeing, climate change, safety and security.

    Like any disruptive technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex societal challenges in several areas such as labour, safety, privacy, ethics, skills and so on.

    A broad approach towards AI, covering all its effects (good and bad) on society as a whole, is crucial. Especially in a time where developments are accellerating.

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  • 31 May 2017
    Europe's next leaders: the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative Adopted References: INT/812 EESC-2017-00509-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Svensson (Workers - GR II / Sweden) Co-rapporteur: Ms Rodert (Various interests - GR III / Sweden) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    The EESC welcomes the European Commission's (EC) Start-up and Scale-up Initiative and the actions proposed which aim to remove key barriers, but stresses that not all high-growth enterprises are high-tech enterprises and that action is needed across sectors.

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