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  • 6 Jul 2017
    REX/494 - Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a globalised World Ongoing References: REX/494 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Cristian PÎRVULESCU (Various interests - GR III / Romania)

    The protection of personal data has been essential to EU law for more than 20 years, from the Data Protection Directive in 1995 ("the 1995 Directive") to the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Police Directive in 2016.

    The reform of EU data protection legislation, adopted in April 2016 (application foreseen for May 2018), is meant to put in place a system that ensures a strong level of protection and is open to the opportunities of the global information society.

    The EU reform establishes a comprehensive framework governing the processing of personal data in both the private and public sectors and in both the commercial and law enforcement sectors (the GDPR and Police Directive respectively). Under the GDPR, there will be one single pan-European set of rules newly created one-stop-shop mechanism will ensure that one data protection authority ("DPA"), which will ensure an increased level of consumer trust both in the EU and in external countries. Moreover, the Police Directive provides common rules for the processing of the personal data of individuals involved in criminal proceedings which will facilitate cross-border cooperation between police and judicial authorities.

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    EESC opinion: REX/494 - Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a globalised World

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  • 5 Jul 2017
    The external dimension of social economy Adopted References: REX/472 EESC-2017 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna (Various interests - GR III / Spain) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017

    In its opinion the EESC underlines that the social economy is a key player and helps to achieve the objectives of all European policies with an external dimension: external and security policy, trade policy, neighbourhood policy, climate change policy, development cooperation and sustainable development policy. However, the lack of an appropriate regulatory environment, at both European and national level, prevents this sector from developing its full potential and maximising its impact. The Commission and the Member States must promote the participation, consultation and coordination of their external entrepreneurial and development cooperation activities with the bodies representing the social economy at European and national level, as well as with those of partner countries, and with international social economy organisations with a North-South and South-South dimension. The participation of the social economy in the JCCs and DAGs can help strengthen the knowledge, ties and cooperation of the social economy between different regions, as is already the case, for example, between the EU social economy and its relevant counterparts in Latin America and the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

    The EESC reiterates its call for the creation of a European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum to promote and monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with the key players being the Council, Commission, Parliament, the representative bodies of the European social economy and the rest of civil society.

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    The external dimension of social economy

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    International Trade, Social Policy

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    Public hearing on the opinion on "The external dimension of Social Economy", Plenary Session 5-6 July 2017
  • 1 Jul 2017
    REX/493 - Blue economy in the Western Mediterranean Ongoing References: REX/493 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis (Employers - GR I / Greece)

    The initiative is presented in two documents. A Communication outlines the main challenges, shortcomings and the possible solutions. A Framework for Action presents the identified priorities, actions and projects in detail, with quantitative targets and deadlines to monitor progress over time. The purpose of the Initiative is for the EU and neighbouring countries to work together in order to foster sustainable blue growth and jobs, improve safety and security and preserve ecosystems and biodiversity in the western Mediterranean region. It covers economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis, and also includes tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica. The Initiative is based on the Commission's long-standing experience with sea basin and macro-regional strategies, and it builds on other EU policies linked to the region, such as the European Neighbourhood Policy Review Priorities and the recent Communication on International Ocean Governance.

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    EESC opinion: REX/493 - Blue economy in the Western Mediterranean

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    External Relations - Enlargement/EUNeighbours, External Relations - the rest of the world

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    Environment, Fisheries and aquaculture
  • 6 Jun 2017
    REX/490 - Economic, social and cultural rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region Ongoing References: REX/490 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Felipe De Lehtonen (Employers - GR I / Spain)

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  • 23 May 2017
    Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations Adopted References: REX/480 EESC-2016-6397 Referral Rapporteur: Luca Jahier (Various interests - GR III / Italy) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    Culture has an important role to play in the current global political environment, in which the respect of human rights, tolerance, cooperation and mutual solidarity are once more under threat. Thus, the EESC welcomes the opportunity to give its opinion on the Joint communication of the EEAS and the Commission  " Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations" and now calls for its implementation as culture has an enormous potential not only to promote peace and stability  but also as a key factor in economic growth, job creation and sustainable development. 

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    Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

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    Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations, Plenary Session 31 May - 1st June 2017
  • 29 Mar 2017
    International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans Adopted References: REX/482 EESC-2016 Referral - Rapporteur: Jan Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 524 - 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017

    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.

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    International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans

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    External Relations - the rest of the world, Agriculture and Environment

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    Environment & Sustainability, Environment, Sustainable development, Water
  • 29 Mar 2017
    REX/483 - Trade Defence Instruments – methodology Adopted References: REX/483 EESC-2017 Referral Rapporteur: Christian Bäumler (Workers - GR II / Germany) Co-rapporteur: Andrés Barceló Delgado (Employers - GR I / Spain) Plenary Session: 524 - 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017

    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 supports the Commission's proposal that the dumping margin should be calculated not using the standard methodology, but on the basis of benchmarks that take account of significantly distorted production and sale costs. The EESC points out that in its 2016 opinion on preserving sustainable jobs and growth in the steel industry, it already called for the standard methodology not to be used in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese imports as long as the country failed to meet the EU's five criteria for market economy status. The EESC welcomes the Commission's intention of using specific criteria to determine whether there are significant distortions in the market situation. The Committee notes that the respect of ILO standards and of Multilateral Environment Agreements should also be considered. In addition, the EESC stresses that the anti-dumping complaints procedure must also be accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises. The Committee also notes that the efficiency of trade defence instrument (TDI) procedures is also linked to the 2013 proposal to modernise TDI, including the lesser duty rule. The EESC insists that it is crucially important for the TDI modernisation package to also be finalised and adopted in the coming months in order to produce a robust and effective trade defence system and to secure jobs and growth in the EU.

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    EESC opinion: REX/483 - Trade Defence Instruments – methodology

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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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