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Igangværende (updated on 19/01/2022)
Reference: 
INT/945-EESC-2021-03554-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
566 -
Jan 19, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) face challenges in the area of digitalisation and access to artificial intelligence, but this segment can take great advantage of the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence.

The main objective of the opinion is to propose concrete measures which can be easily implemented in order to avoid MSMEs being “left behind” from the transition to artificial intelligence. The main issues to be addressed are: the use of new technologies to offer innovative products and services and strengthen Europe’s capacity to invest in disruptive innovations; create closer links in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) between universities and public administration, on the one hand, and businesses, in particular SMEs and micro-enterprises, on the other; support the MSMEs in recruiting and ensuring skills development for their employees to cope with the technological changes brought about by AI; facilitate the access to EU funding.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Developing Artificial Intelligence in European micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)

Igangværende (updated on 19/01/2022)
Reference: 
REX/547-EESC
Plenarforsamling: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

COVID-19 has shown how interconnected the world is. As part of global recovery, the EU wants to redesign how we connect the world to build forward better. The European model is about investing in both hard and soft infrastructure, in sustainable investments in digital, climate and energy, transport, health, education and research, as well as in an enabling environment guaranteeing a level-playing field.

Igangværende (updated on 19/01/2022)
Reference: 
INT/972-EESC
Plenarforsamling: 
569 -
May 18, 2022 May 19, 2022

The Action Plan for the Social Economy defines three priority areas: creating the right framework for the development of the sector, setting up opportunities for the development of social economy entities and pushing for the recognition of the social economy and its potential. The EESC welcomes this Action Plan and its various proposals to boost the social and economic role of the social economy.  Its considers that it is essential to strengthen even further key areas such as the collaboration between public administrations and social economy organizations and the issues of state aid and taxation.

Igangværende (updated on 19/01/2022)
Reference: 
SOC/692-EESC-2021
Plenarforsamling: 
566 -
Jan 19, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

In 2018, the EESC adopted an Opinion on "The Union's budget and the rule of law" (SOC/598) in which it supported the principle of corrective measures regarding Member States that commit serious violations of the rule of law in Europe. In the present Own-Initiative Opinion, the EESC insists on the actual implementation of Regulation (EU) 2020/2092 "on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget". The EESC demands the imposition of swift and comprehensive sanctions for breaches of the rule of law which put the Union's budget at risk. It also recalls the importance for Member States to integrate measures to strengthen the rule of law in their recovery programmes. The EESC also supports a stronger role for the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and civil society in the area.

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