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  • 26 Jan 2017
    Digital healthcare / health insurance Ongoing References: INT/816 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Alain Coheur (Various interests - GR III / Belgium)

    We are on the brink of a huge upheaval in medicine and the digital revolution is effectively bringing about profound changes in the way we understand health.

    The own-initiative opinion – the first Committee's opinion on this subject – should demonstrate the potential of the digital revolution in healthcare, without underestimating its positive or negative effects on the way healthcare and health insurance are organized.

  • 25 Jan 2017
    Copyright package Adopted References: INT/804 EESC-2016-5382 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Mendoza Castro (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    With this opinion the EESC welcomes the package of measures to adapt copyright to the requirements of the digital economy, by aiming to eliminate fragmentation while, at the same time, enhancing protection for creators. The EESC supports the exclusive related right of publishers to authorise or prohibit the digital use of their press publications for a period of twenty years and urges to harmonise the "freedom of panorama" exception by means of European rules. The EESC also refers to the ECJ judgment stating that, under certain conditions, the lending of a digital copy of a book has similar characteristics to the lending of printed works.

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  • 25 Jan 2017
    Threats and obstacles to the Single Market Adopted References: INT/786 EESC-2016-1244 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Oliver Röpke (Workers - GR II / Austria) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The Single Market is coming under growing pressure, partly due to short-sighted national interests, with a significant part of the population increasingly calling it into question. Unnecessary obstacles such as insufficient recognition of qualifications and diplomas, technical constraints at local level, regulatory obstacles due to differences in national legislation and inadequate coordination of e-government solutions at EU level, must be removed to ensure growth, jobs, long-term prosperity.

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  • 25 Jan 2017
    Union certification system for aviation security screening equipment Adopted References: INT/805 EESC-2016-05432-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Stefan Back (Employers - GR I / Sweden) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017

    With this opinion, the EESC welcomes the objective of the Commission Proposal as a first step in implementing the Action Plan but has doubts about the added value of the Proposal as it now stands. The EESC regrets that it does not introduce a single EU approval authority with an integrated technical service and that the proposal does not reflect the possibility of prescribing more stringent requirements at national level than the basic level provided for under that regulation. The EESC also regrets that the TFEU does not allow dedicated national action to protect essential national interests against terrorist acts and that no consideration has been given to a system for exchange of information and coordination between the different national approval authorities.

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  • 24 Jan 2017
    Services Package Ongoing References: INT/815 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Arno Metzler (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Mr Stefano Palmieri (Workers - GR II / Italy)

    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.

  • 24 Jan 2017
    Customs Union / governance Ongoing References: INT/814 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece)

    The Customs Union operates under already agreed principles and a legal framework known as the Union Customs Code (UCC) in force since 1 May 2016. In its Communication the European Commission sets out a strategic vision for the Customs Union which would see cooperation among national authorities increase to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  • 15 Dec 2016
    Collaborative economy Adopted References: INT/793 EESC-2016-03545-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Carlos Trias Pintó (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Mr Mihai Manoliu (Employers - GR I / Romania) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

    The emergence of a decentralised digital economy suggests that this could lead to a transformation in setting up businesses, jobs, production, consumption, governance. In view of this and in answer to the Commission's Communication on a new agenda for the collaborative economy, the EESC proposes a series of recommendations to face this new paradigm.

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  • 15 Dec 2016
    The functional economy Adopted References: INT/784 EESC-2016-00975-00-00-AC-TRA Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Thierry Libaert (Various interests - GR III / France) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

    In this opinion, the EESC calls for society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity. In order to cope with the fundamental shift to a new economic model with major systemic consequences in many areas, it is recommended that a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments.

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  • 14 Dec 2016
    PRIIP / Date Adopted References: INT/811 EESC-2016-6321 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Daniel Mareels (Employers - GR I / Belgium) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

    Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 requires the production of key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products. It will be directly applicable as of 31 December 2016.  In view of the exceptional circumstances that have delayed the adoption of the delegated regulation, due to the rejection of the European Parliament, the Commission proposes postponing the application of regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 by 12 months in order to reduce legal uncertainty and allow the PRIIP manufacturers more time to prepare for the application of the new rules.

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  • 14 Dec 2016
    European standardisation 2017 Adopted References: INT/803 EESC-2016-05417-00-00-AC-TRA Referral - Rapporteur: Ms Elżbieta Szadzińska (Various interests - GR III / Poland) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

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