The Commission proposes measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.
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The own-initiative opinion, prepared by the EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems, will aim to identify existing challenges, policy inconsistencies and obstacles to a more coherent food policy approach at EU level; to provide examples of ongoing transitions to more sustainable food policies at local/regional/national level; to highlight the role of civil society in building partnerships among stakeholders across the food supply chain; and to define how a comprehensive food policy for the EU should look, including an indicative roadmap.
As a key driver of productivity and innovation, industry has always been a cornerstone of economic prosperity in Europe. We can rely on a strong industrial base, but important efforts are needed by Member States, EU institutions and most importantly industry itself to maintain and reinforce Europe's industrial leadership in the age of globalisation, sustainability challenges and rapid technological change.
The report highlights the key findings of the mid-term evaluation of the European Earth monitoring programme, Copernicus, three years into its implementation. The report is based on an external study carried out on behalf of the Commission to respond to the obligation imposed by Article 32 of the Copernicus Regulation. The evaluation provides valuable insight for the second half of the programme implementation and for defining the approach to future Copernicus initiatives.
The communication reports on the on-going work with the REFIT platform to collect, analyse and take forward stakeholders' views on how to simplify existing legislation. It also responds to the commitments the Commission made in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making (in particular paragraph 48) and to the conclusions of the Council 12 and it outlines further actions to deliver on the Commission's ambitious Better Regulation Agenda.