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Adopted on 19/09/2018
Odkaz: 
INT/853-EESC-2018-02126-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The EESC agrees with the European Commission about the need to modernise and simplify EU consumer policy and considers that the new legislative package contributes to bridging the gap created by the exponential growth of e-commerce, undermining consumer confidence and causing distortions to the single market.

EESC opinion: A New Deal for Consumers

Adopted on 11/07/2018
Odkaz: 
NAT/722-EESC-2018-00464
Plenary session: 
536 -
Jul 11, 2018 Jul 12, 2018

The circular economy monitoring framework draws upon and complements the existing Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and Raw Materials Scoreboard, which were developed in recent years by the Commission.

EESC opinion: Monitoring framework for the circular economy (communication)

Adopted on 14/03/2018
Odkaz: 
INT/836-EESC-2017-05365-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
533 -
Mar 14, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

Illegal online content is a complex and cross-cutting issue that needs to be tackled from a range of perspectives, both in terms of assessing its impact and harmonising the way it is dealt with in the legal framework of the Member States.

Illegal content/online platforms

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Odkaz: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

EESC opinion: New sustainable economic models

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Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Adopted on 15/12/2016
Odkaz: 
INT/793-EESC-2016-03545-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

The emergence of a decentralised digital economy suggests that this could lead to a transformation in setting up businesses, jobs, production, consumption, governance. In view of this and in answer to the Commission's Communication on a new agenda for the collaborative economy, the EESC proposes a series of recommendations to face this new paradigm.

EESC opinion: Collaborative economy

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COM(2016) 356 final

Adopted on 25/05/2016
Odkaz: 
INT/779-EESC-2016-00933-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

Defining the sharing economy makes it possible to distinguish between genuine practices requiring special arrangements and those that are wrongly classified merely to get around applicable regulations. New business models need to comply with the applicable national and EU legislation, so the Commission must urgently define a clear and transparent legal framework and publish without further delay the long overdue 'European agenda for the collaborative economy'. This agenda should provide a clear definition of the complementary role that self- and co-regulation must play in the sharing economy.

EESC opinion: Sharing economy and self-regulation

Adopted on 27/04/2016
Odkaz: 
NAT/676-EESC-2016-00042-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
516 -
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits.

EESC opinion: Circular Economy Package

Adopted on 26/05/2016
Odkaz: 
NAT/677-EESC-2016-0232
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impact of food production and consumption. At the request of the Dutch EU Presidency, the EESC is preparing an exploratory opinion on how to achieve sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. The opinion takes a holistic and comprehensive approach, looking at the interdependence of food production and consumption as well as fostering inter-sectoral cooperation.

EESC opinion: EESC Opinion: More sustainable food systems

Ongoing (updated on 23/01/2019)
Odkaz: 
REX/510-EESC-2018-EESC-2018-05144-00-00-PAC-TRA
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

The EU today faces an increasing demand for a constructive dialogue with civil society on trade, as seen with CETA and TTIP. Domestic advisory groups (DAG) are a great way to connect citizens with trade issues. DAG should responsibly advise on all aspects of EU Trade Agreements.

Domestic advisory groups should be advisory, consultative, institutionalized and competent to cover all provisions of FTAs.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all FTAs is an indispensable element in the strategic ambitions of the external policies of the EU.

The EESC considers its participation in DAGs valuable and wishes to continue to be part of all of them.

EESC section opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

Ongoing (updated on 23/01/2019)
Odkaz: 
NAT/755-EESC-2018-04568
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The own-initiative opinion aims to analyse the link between current food systems and diet-related diseases;  identify policies, tools and instruments that are needed to foster healthier diets both on the supply and demand side, for example sustainable dietary guidelines, sustainable food labelling schemes, education modules in school curricula, information campaigns, specific agricultural schemes (such as the EU school food scheme), food product reformulation, etc.; highlight examples of good practices at national and local level - including civil society and business initiatives; contribute to the debate on the implementation of food-related SDGs and in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; provide recommendations for future EU action.

Information memo: Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in the EU (own-initiative opinion)

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