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Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
SC/53-EESC-2019-02446
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The proposed opinion will look at new approaches to more fairly distributing the burden of transformation towards a sustainable Europe.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Leaving no one behind when implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
TEN/700-EESC-2019-03626
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC welcomes the initiative of the European Commission (EC) to launch the assessment of the draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the Member States, thereby following up on the new governance model launched by the Council and the Parliament in December 2018 and aimed at ensuring the transition to clean energy and climate protection through a multilevel interactive dialogue which fully involves civil society and public and private entities at local and regional level. The EU is the first major global economy to adopt, through specific National Energy and Climate Plans, a legally binding framework to deliver on its 2015 commitments under the COP21 Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Integrated national energy and climate plans

Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
NAT/759-EESC-2019-00097
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.

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

Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
INT/887-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

AI systems must comply with existing legislation. It is important to identify which challenges can be met by means of codes of ethics, self-regulation and voluntary commitments and which need to be tackled by regulation and legislation supported by oversight and, in the event of non-compliance, penalties.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence (Communication)

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INT/887 European Commission position

Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
ECO/496-EESC-2019-02530
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's aim of ensuring equal treatment, for VAT purposes, for armed forces of Member States working together within an EU framework and NATO armed forces employed in the EU, which already benefit from VAT exemption. The Committee suggests that different national tax authorities should have one system under which the new exemptions are implemented.

Udvalgets udtalelse: VAT and excise duty exemption for defence efforts

Vedtaget on 26/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/623-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

Udvalgets udtalelse: Summary of the costs and benefits of Investments in occupational safety and health (OSH) (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Finnish Presidency)

Vedtaget on 26/09/2019
Reference: 
REX/520-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

2019 is the year we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of a real and living partnership – the Eastern Partnership (EaP). Over the last decade this partnership has gone through its share of difficulties. Yet, it not only endured - it developed, matured and delivered beyond what we foresaw at the beginning.

Thus after 10 years of EaP policy, it is crucial to properly evaluate the achievements and aims and reflect on the next possible steps. It is important to ensure that EaP policy connects countries and people and covers a broad area of issues, including supporting civil society, pluralism and independent media, as well as ensuring gender equality and non-discrimination. As it is likely that the policy will change its course from a one-size-fits-all to a tailor-made approach, it will be crucial to ensure that those wanting to get closer to the EU have this opportunity, adapted to their ambitions and pace.

Udvalgets udtalelse: 10 years of Eastern Partnership: reflecting on achievements and shaping the future policy of the EaP

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