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06/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

 

In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

EESC opinion: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

06/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
TEN/605-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

EESC opinion: Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework)

05/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/706-EESC-2017-00719-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The objective of the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy is to ensure that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan.

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy

05/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/824-EESC-2017-02670-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The EESC agrees with the compromise proposed by the Presidency which makes possible a swift ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty.

EESC opinion: Copyright / Accessibility

05/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/821-EESC-2017-01811-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The EESC stresses the role of national competition authorities (NCAs) to fight against secret cartels and shows its concern with the serious shortcomings regarding the independence and resources of the NCAs in many Member States. It recommends that the powers allocated to the NCAs should also be used in preventive actions and that they should be granted the power to institute legal proceedings in their own right.

EESC opinion: Enforcement of competition rules

05/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/708-EESC-2017-00868-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) aims to help fill implementation gaps and to maximise the benefits of Union environment legislation by offering tailored-made support to Member States.

EESC opinion: Environmental Implementation Review

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