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  • 23 May 2017
    Artificial intelligence Ongoing References: INT/806 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Catelijne Muller (Workers - GR II / Netherlands)

    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.

  • 27 Apr 2017
    Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Adopted References: INT/819 EESC-2017-01752-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Mihai Manoliu (Employers - GR I / Romania) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017

    The Commission proposal is technically amending the existing Council Regulation (EU) No 560/2014 establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).

    BBI JU is a body entrusted with the implementation of a public-private partnership whose members are the European Union represented by the Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

    Due to difficulty of BIC to deliver its financial contribution as foreseen by the current Council Regulation, the European Commission proposes to adjust the initial text of the Council Regulation by introducing the possibility of delivering financial contributions at project level, in addition to the existent mode of delivery at programme level.

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    EESC opinion: Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

  • 30 Mar 2017
    Space Strategy for Europe Adopted References: INT/809 EESC-2016-05992-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Mindaugas Maciulevičius (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 524 - 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017

    The EESC welcomes the communication of the European Commission on a "Space Strategy for Europe" and endorses the proposed guidelines. The EESC encourages the Commission to continue on this path and to set its sights on even more ambitious horizons. The Committee emphasizes that space activities are nowadays part of everyday life of European citizens. It focuses on the crucial role of SMEs as well as on the education and public awareness raising as far as space activities are concerned.

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    EESC opinion: Space Strategy for Europe

  • 29 Mar 2017
    Business Insolvency Adopted References: INT/810 EESC-2016-06275-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Antonello Pezzini (Employers - GR I / Italy) Co-rapporteur: Ms Franca Salis-Madinier (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 524 - 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    While supporting the proposal for a directive on preventive restructuring and second chances, the EESC would prefer to see the proposal take the form of a regulation and not be afraid to move towards the maximum possible harmonisation of current systems.

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    EESC opinion: Business Insolvency

  • 28 Mar 2017
    Digital Single Market - SMEs Ongoing References: INT/823 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Pedro Almeida Freire (Employers - GR I / Portugal)

    The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

  • 28 Mar 2017
    Consumer financial services Ongoing References: INT/822 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Michael Ikrath (Employers - GR I / Austria) Co-rapporteur: Mr Carlos Trias Pintó (Various interests - GR III / Spain)

    The Commission has identified three main strands of further work to move a step closer to a genuine Single Market for financial services:

    Increase consumer trust and empower consumers when buying services at home or from other Member States.

    Reduce legal and regulatory obstacles affecting businesses when seeking to expand abroad.

    Support the development of an innovative digital world which can overcome some of the existing barriers to the Single Market.

  • 28 Mar 2017
    Enforcement of competition rules Ongoing References: INT/821 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Juan Mendoza Castro (Workers - GR II / Spain)

    The legislative proposal aims at empowering the National Competition Authorities (NCA) to be more effective enforcers of the EU competition rules and to ensure that NCAs have the necessary guarantees of independence and resources and enforcement and fining powers. Removing national obstacles which prevent NCAs from enforcing effectively will help remove distortions to competition in the internal market and stop consumers and businesses, including SMEs, being put at a disadvantage and suffering detriment from such measures.

  • 28 Mar 2017
    Directive 2010/40/EU | Delegated acts Ongoing References: INT/820 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Pegado Liz (Various interests - GR III / Portugal)

    The EESC has been working on the issue of delegated acts for some time. In accordance with Article 118 TFEU, it is now examining Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport, which entered into force in August 2010, is aimed at accelerating the coordinated EU-wide deployment and use of intelligent transport systems (ITS) in the field of road transport. This Directive requires that specifications be adopted, through delegated acts, for actions in four priority areas and was one of the first pieces of Union legislation stipulating the use of delegated acts and the power to adopt the delegated acts was conferred on the Commission for a limited period only, until 27 August 2017.

  • 23 Feb 2017
    SC/048 - New sustainable economic models Ongoing References: SC/048 Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Anne Chassagnette (Employers - GR I / France) Co-rapporteur: Carlos Trias Pintó (Various interests - GR III / Spain)

    This subcommittee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, will take stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

  • 26 Jan 2017
    The services directive in the meat processing sector Ongoing References: INT/818 Rapporteur: Mr Peter Schmidt (Workers - GR II / Germany)

    The directive on services in the Internal Market was designed to promote competitiveness, growth and employment in line with the Lisbon Strategy. It has, at the same time, triggered an intensive debate on the form to be taken by the freedom to provide services. The effects of the Directive on national labour markets, social conditions and consumer protection requirements remain a highly controversial issue.

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    Information memo: The services directive in the meat processing sector

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