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17/10/2017
Ongoing
Reference: 
INT/835-EESC-2017

This proposal implements the 2016 European Strategy for low-emission mobility, whose goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions in road transport by at least 60 % in 2050 compared to 1990 levels and drastically reducing the emission of air pollutants. The proposed targets are set for the EU-wide average emissions of new cars and vans in a given calendar year from 2025 on, with stricter targets applying from 2030.

09/11/2017
Hearing - 9 November 2017 from 9:30 to 13:00 in Sofia, Bulgaria

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hearing as part of its follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.

29/11/2017
Hearing - 29 November 2017, 9.30 – 12.30 | Európa Pont, Lövőház u. 35, Budapest, Hungary

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hearing as part of its follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.
The hearing takes place on 29 November 2017 from 9:30 to 13:00 , in Budapest, Hungary. It is part of a set of follow-up hearings to be carried out in 6 EU Member States.

21/01/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/817-EESC-2017-01443-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
528 -
Sep 20, 2017 Sep 21, 2017

Impact assessments of any legislative proposals must be integrated and accorded due importance to the economic, social and environmental dimensions, including for SMEs. The Committee has called for the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission to agree on a common methodology on impact assessments and evaluations, which could also serve as a prompt for the Committee. It is extremely concerned by the findings on the shortcomings of social and environmental impact assessments and the follow-up to consultations.

EESC opinion: Transparency, methodology and resources of evaluations

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2017
Study
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SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy and have been placed in the focus of European policy following the adoption of the Small Business Act in 2008. This study makes a comprehensive overview of EU support initiatives for SMEs in the period 2007-2015 with the aim to assess the effectiveness of EU SME policies – both in terms of their formulation and implementation.

18/10/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/828-EESC-2017-03200-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

Since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy in May 2015, the Commission has delivered on all key measures and presented 35 proposals in total. The Commission calls for swift co-legislative agreements and for all parties to ensure that the measures proposed are rapidly adopted and implemented to allow people and businesses in the EU to fully benefit from a functional Digital Single Market. With the DSM's results among the more tangible for EU citizens, the EESC is particularly interested in the impact on consumers.

EESC opinion: Digital Single Market: Mid-term review

19/10/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/439-EESC-2017-03447-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This opinion is part of a wider package of four EESC opinions on the future of the European economy (Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and Euro area economic policy, Capital Markets Union and The future of EU finances). The package of opinions underscores the need for a common sense of purpose in the Union governance, which goes far beyond technical approaches and measures, and is first and foremost a matter of political will and a common perspective. Europeans need more (and better) Europe, not less Europe, in order to overcome the political crisis in the EU.

EESC opinion: EU finances by 2025

18/10/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/825-EESC-2017-02781-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

With this package of measures the Commission continues to deliver on its Single Market Strategy – a roadmap to unlock the full potential of the Single Market. This will make it easier for people and companies to manage their paperwork online in their home country or when working, living or doing business in another EU country and it will help ensure that commonly agreed EU rules are respected.

EESC opinion: Compliance Package

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