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Igangværende (updated on 09/10/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/759-EESC-2019-EESC-2019-00097-00-00-NINS-TRA-*lang*.docx
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

In this exploratory opinion, prepared at the request of the European Commission, the EESC provides its contribution to how environmental laws could be better supported at EU and national level and suggest ways to enhance the role of civil society in the framework of the EIR process.

EESC section opinion: A more constructive role for civil society in implementing environmental law (Exploratory opinion at the request of the European Commission)

Igangværende (updated on 07/10/2019)
Reference: 
CCMI/169-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Digitalisation is on everyone’s lips, often spoken of as an irresistible force for change. We are told that in its scale, speed and complexity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is unlike anything humankind has experienced before. These changes are transforming the nature of work and the individual behaviour of users in Europe without regard for the role and place of the human factor.

EESC section opinion: Ensure inclusive sectoral transition to a digitalised rail industry (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 06/10/2019)
Reference: 
REX/516-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

Information memo: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 05/10/2019)
Reference: 
INT/883-EESC-2019-01356-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
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Dec 11, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

A major effect of the exponentially increasing productivity is that well-being creation (re-) turns from the production of lower costing quantities into the provision of specialized, certified qualities. In that sense the integrated use-value in the supplied goods and services becomes increasingly an important feature that gradually countervails the emphasis on the exchange value (prices). This development is especially advantageous for European producers: European competitiveness concentrates on the ability to provide specialized, diverse qualities, rather than competing in prices against regions with more extended economies of scale.

Information memo: "Use-value" is back: new prospects and challenges for European producers (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 05/10/2019)
Reference: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

Information memo: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

Igangværende (updated on 03/10/2019)
Reference: 
INT/887-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

In this communication, the Commission is taking a three-step approach: setting-out the key requirements for trustworthy AI, launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on international consensus building for human-centric AI.

Information memo: Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence (Communication)

Igangværende (updated on 02/10/2019)
Reference: 
ECO/498-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

This additional opinion will complement and update the proposals made in the yearly EESC AGS opinion, produced under time pressure, to reinforce the Committee's impact throughout the entire annual semester cycle.

Information memo: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (additional opinion)

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