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19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
TEN/583-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC takes the view that the general development of distributed prosumer energy should form an important and sustainable part of the European Union’s energy policy. Such an approach would be beneficial and might even be necessary from the point of view of energy security and in light of environmental and social concerns. In particular, the Committee points to the prosumers’ advantages of, among others, lower energy transmission costs, better use of local energy sources, and the economic and social involvement of local communities.

EESC opinion: Prosumer Energy and Prosumer Power Cooperatives: Opportunities and challenges in the EU countries

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A 2020 Vision for Europe's Energy customers

Working Group report “Consumers as Energy Market Actors”

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/408-EESC-2016-04274-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

EESC opinion: Anti-Money Laundering Directive

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Presentation Commission "Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2015/849"

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/414-EESC-2016-04584-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

EESC opinion: Access to anti-money-laundering information by tax authorities

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Presentation "Access to Anti-money laundering informations"

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/799-EESC-2016-04454-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

For the EESC it is essential that the Commission take further action to ensure that all e-retailers and consumers, and particularly individuals and SMEs in remote areas, can finally benefit from cross-border parcel delivery services that are accessible, high quality and affordable, fearing that the proposed measures not be enough and do little to encourage the cross-border parcel delivery services concerned to charge reasonable tariffs. Therefore the EESC regrets that the Commission is shelving any more stringent measures until the end of 2018, calling on the Commission to take the same approach it took to roaming charges in mobile communications.

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/801-EESC-2016-04511-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

While supporting the pilot project to set up a financial expertise centre for consumers and end-users of financial services, the EESC feels it would be useful to call for a number of conditions to be met: legitimacy, financial independence, transparency and accountability, public visibility, as well as balance between financial sector professionals and users.

EESC opinion: Involvement of consumers / financial services

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/797-EESC-2016-03623-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The proposal from the Commission is a welcomed step further in the creation of a Digital Single Market, but it's not a game-changer. More ambitious and well-defined proposals for a Digital Single Market in favour of consumers and companies, should be put forward.

Justified geo-blocking resulting from different Member States' industrial policies and diverging legislation is also damaging the development of SMEs and scale-ups operating in Europe. The EU should focus equally on the remaining obstacles in the Single Market that discourage or hamper traders from selling on-line and/or off-line across borders.

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
SOC/543-EESC-2016-02981-00-00-ac
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

An efficient reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is essential. While the EESC approves of the proposal to improve and speed up the determination of Member State responsible for examining an asylum application, it calls for including protective provisions on procedural issues, individual treatment of applications, maintenance of discretionary clauses, maintenance of the deadline for the cessation of obligation for a Member State to assume responsibility and the rights of applicants.

14/07/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/684-EESC-2016-00713-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
518 -
Jul 13, 2016 Jul 14, 2016

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: Coalition to deliver commitments of the Paris Agreement

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Paris Agreement

Climate Commitments of Subnational Actors and Business.

The Emissions Gap Report 2015

13/07/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/406-EESC-2016-02343-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
518 -
Jul 13, 2016 Jul 14, 2016

The EESC welcomes the "Action Plan on VAT", and calls for a  definitive VAT system that is clear, consistent, robust and comprehensive, as well as proportionate and future-proof. The Committee  welcomes the strong focus on closing the VAT gap and tackling the susceptibility of VAT to fraud. There should be results delivered without delay, including by improving cooperation between tax administrations. “Bona fide” enterprises should be protected and no new excessive measures should be imposed on them. The future system of reduced rates must combine flexibility and legal certainty, be transparent, and for the sake of simplicity the number of reduced rates and exemptions must be limited.

EESC opinion: Action Plan on VAT

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VAT Action Plan - Measures to modernise VAT in the EU - Bertrand LAPALUS - DG TAXUD

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