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  • 22 Mar 2017
    REX/483 - Trade Defence Instruments – methodology Ongoing References: REX/483 Referral Rapporteur: Christian Bäumler (Workers - GR II / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Andrés Barceló Delgado (Employers - GR I / Spain)

    The EESC is committed to open and fair trade and recognises its value as a driver of growth and jobs.
    Therefore, the EESC calls for a level playing field between European and third country exporting producers, and for effective trade defence instruments.

    The EESC takes the view that, overall, the Commission's proposal provides a balanced approach between the issue of China's market economy status, on the one hand, and the goal of having an effective dumping calculation method, on the other....

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  • 28 Feb 2017
    REX/477 - Establishing the EFSD Guarantee and the EFSD Guarantee Fund Adopted References: REX/477 Referral - Rapporteur: Jan Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the establishment of the European External Investment Plan (EIP) and the proposal for a Regulation on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) and establishing the EFSD Guarantee and the EFSD Guarantee Fund as steps in the right direction towards tackling the causes of irregular migration at its roots. The eradication of poverty is also a goal on which the EFSD should focus. The Committee calls for a particular focus on resolving the situation in the countries that are the main source of migration where economic, social and security conditions have led to economic devastation and spiralling poverty while blocking any efforts towards sustainable development.

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  • 23 Feb 2017
    The core role of trade and investment in meeting and implementing the SDGs Ongoing References: REX/486 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Jonathan Peel (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom) Co-rapporteur: Christophe Quarez (Workers - GR II / France)

    The 2030 UN Agenda, or the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, will be one of the top global priorities over the next 15 years, yet it received very little mention in the Commission Communication "Trade for all". Trade is specifically mentioned with regard to nine SDGs (but only once in the MDGs). UNCTAD estimate that, to meet the 17 goals and the 169 targets, at least an extra US$2.5 trillion a year will need to be found - effectively from the private sector. This opinion would seek to look into this further and aim to evaluate how much of that will need to come through trade and investment.

    Also, in the current climate, in which free trade agreement negotiations are being called into question and civil society representatives have lost confidence in these agreements, it is time to reflect upon the extent to which social and environmental aspects are being incorporated into free trade agreements and how this might change in the future. A critical evaluation is needed not only of the progress that has already been made, but particularly of the limitations of the chapters on sustainable development that are in the existing agreements. Likewise, proposals aimed at incorporating genuine social and environmental clauses as an integral and binding part of the agreement should be formulated with the aim of mobilising support for a new generation of free trade agreements among large swathes of civil society. Progressive trade agreements should ensure support for the implementation of SDGs.

  • 15 Feb 2017
    EESC Opinion - Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration Adopted References: REX/478 Referral - Rapporteur: Cristian Pîrvulescu (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the European Agenda on Migration should be designed so as to take into full consideration the humanitarian dimension of its scope, and the EU should not forget its fundamental commitments and legally binding rules to protect lives and human rights, especially of people in danger. The EESC supports the vision to provide a long-term response to migration, addressing the root causes of migration and creating a dialogue with third countries based on cooperation and shared responsibility. Tailored and specific agreements with each country, with full respect of human rights are also supporter. Flexibility provides the right perspective and combination of actions and incentives.

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  • 7 Feb 2017
    REX/485 - Renewed ACP Partnership Ongoing References: REX/485 Referral - Rapporteur: Brenda King (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)

    The Commission recently published a Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the ACP Group of countries. ACP-EU relations are currently governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement that will expire in 2020, therefore the Commission has published recommendations on what the future structure should be. Last year the EESC already drafted a general opinion on the post-Cotonou framework; this new opinion will have to answer specifically to the Commission's communication.

  • 30 Jan 2017
    REX/481 - Participation of the Union in PRIMA Adopted References: REX/481 EESC-2017-EESC-2017-00045-00-00-AC-TRA Referral General Rapporteur: Mr Emilio Fatovic (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017

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  • 26 Jan 2017
    EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements Ongoing References: REX/487 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Gajdosik Alfred (Various interests - GR III / Austria) Co-rapporteur: Wagnsonner Thomas (Workers - GR II / Austria)
  • 24 Jan 2017
    REX/484 - European Consensus on Development Ongoing References: REX/484 Referral Rapporteur: Ionuţ Sibian (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Mihai Manoliu (Employers - GR I / Romania)

    The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

    To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

  • 13 Dec 2016
    International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans Ongoing References: REX/482 Referral - Rapporteur: Jan Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands)

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    • The EESC welcomes the joint communication by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on improved ocean governance, and shares the growing concern about the need for better governance and protection of the oceans due to increased human activity (unsustainable fishing, inadequate protection, tourism, heavy traffic, pollution).
    • The EESC believes that the current framework for international ocean governance is unable to ensure the sustainable management of oceans and their resources, and urgent action is imperative. However, the Commission and the High Representative still need to prioritise the threats currently faced by our oceans in order to adequately reflect the urgent need for action.
    • One of the causes of ineffective international ocean governance is the existence of gaps in the current international ocean governance framework. The EESC recommends that the Commission and High Representative address these gaps and inconsistencies, but also that they increase compliance with existing rules, for example by improving the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The EU should refrain from proposing any new legislation when better or more coordinated implementation of existing rules and regulations would be more efficient.
    • The EESC believes that the EU could play an important role in improving the governance of our oceans, especially in supporting scientific research into the world’s oceans. Good and effective use must be made of currently available data. The Committee therefore strongly encourages the EU to develop the Marine Observation and Data Network into a worldwide marine data network. The EU could become a centre of coordination for such research.
    • Furthermore, the EESC urges the EU to work with partner countries to reduce maritime security threats and risks, such as piracy and trafficking in human beings, arms and narcotics, while capitalising on the new European Border and Coastguard Agency, the EU Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).
    • The EESC strongly encourages the establishment of an EU Stakeholder forum dedicated to oceans and seas worldwide, especially since ocean governance is a cross-cutting issue involving a number of stakeholders.
    • The EESC believes that ocean governance should balance socio-economic development and marine conservation. Technologies for the exploitation of seabed resources need to be used with care and caution.
    • Last but not least, the EESC notes that the joint communication actions address the governance of both oceans and seas, and therefore suggests that the title of the joint communication be changed to "an agenda for the future of our oceans and seas".

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  • 6 Dec 2016
    Enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and the modernisation of the Customs Union Adopted References: REX/468 EESC-2016-3440 Referral Rapporteur: Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

    The EESC still considers that Turkey remains a very important partner and that the political will exists to increase levels of cooperation, but only provided that compliance with the fundamental European values and the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights is ensured.

    The EESC believes that ongoing developments have rendered the current Customs Union (CU) agreement obsolete and that the parties to the agreement will have to start serious negotiations on strengthening their economic ties by establishing a new type of trade agreement that reflects current needs. The recent adjustments and best practices implemented in various trade agreements have transformed models for sustainability, transparency and the involvement of the social partners and civil society in international trade agreements.

    The EESC proposes that the following areas be included in the regulatory framework of the new agreement: agriculture (with all the requirements set out in the opinion), services, public procurement, unprocessed products and raw materials, consumer protection, environmental protection and sustainable development, equivalence of regulatory regimes for veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and of food safety policy, effective protection of labour rights and decent jobs, protection of health and safety in the workplace, facilitation of e-commerce and introduction of a digital agenda that establishes free movement of digital data, energy policy and energy security, promotion of innovation and protection of intellectual property, combating corruption and money laundering, improved incentives for SMEs, simplified administrative procedures and reduced administrative costs, investment and updating of investment legislation with the aim of protecting investors, and concurrent introduction of an impartial dispute settlement procedure, improvement of the procedure for transposing and incorporating European legislation into the Turkish legal system, more robust provisions to ensure that the content of the revised agreement and the implementing provisions complies with the EU acquis.

    The EESC believes that any type of trade agreement between the EU and Turkey will have to include effective consultation and inclusion of the social partners (employers and employees) and of civil society organisations at both the negotiating and implementation stages.

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