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Vedtaget on 16/09/2020
Reference: 
INT/898-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

  • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
  • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
  • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).

Udvalgets udtalelse: SME strategy

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• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/894-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC congratulates the Commission's for its strategy to encourage the uptake of AI technologies while also ensuring their compliance with European ethical norms, legal requirements and social values.

Udvalgets udtalelse: White Paper on Artificial Intelligence

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
SOC/633-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

In this opinion the EESC makes the following points:
1. The EU and Member States should ensure that the gender perspective is fully integrated in COVID-19 recovery measures.
2. Gender equality should be fully taken into account in the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.
3. The Gender Equality Strategy should be coordinated involving all Member States, social partners and civil society organisations.
4. To put an end to the gender pay gap (16%), binding measures on gender pay transparency are unavoidable.
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Udvalgets udtalelse: Gender equality strategy

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
NAT/784-EESC-2020-1431
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

This EESC opinion will respond to the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on establishing a European Climate Law and it will look into the role of citizens in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality.

Udvalgets udtalelse: European Climate Law

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EESC section opinion: European Climate Law

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
CCMI/175-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

Disruptions like coronavirus (COVID-19) threaten to bring the world economy and social life to a standstill. Its impacts include recessions in the USA, the EU, Japan and other regions of the world, extremely slow growth in China and huge losses in terms of output. Governments have to offset economic damage with fiscal and monetary policies and cope with the expected changes of the economic paradigm. The EESC stresses the need for efficient business models and trade defence mechanisms, in particular with regard to Asia, and notes that 36 million jobs in the EU depend on the EU's exporting potential, and that the share of EU employment supported by sales of goods and services to the rest of the world in relation to total employment increased from 10.1% in 2000 to 15.3% in 2017. The fiscal, economic and social response to the crisis is necessary for preventing its negative impact on these and other sectors.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Fostering competitiveness, innovation, growth and job creation by advancing in global regulatory cooperation, by supporting a renewed multilateral trading scheme and by reducing market-distorting subsidies (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
ECO/512-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC believes that there are well-founded reasons to establish uniform rules within the EU to combat global warming and based on these to embark on international discussions with other trading blocs. Furthermore, the Committee deems that, in the future, it could be useful and necessary to also devise new taxation measures that can supplement the current emissions trading system  and national carbon taxes in order to achieve an effective and symmetrical policy framework to tackle the increasing amount of CO2 emissions.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Taxation mechanisms for reducing CO2 emissions

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
ECO/509-EESC-2020-00995-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

While acknowledging the progress made by the Commission in taking account of smaller and less complex banking institutions in its recent regulatory measures, the EESC believes it would be useful to further increase the proportionality of banking rules, without sacrificing the effectiveness of prudential rules.

The EESC endorses the recent decision to push back the date for implementing the Basel III accord, and feels that when the time comes, the new provision on capital requirements should be transposed in a way that caters properly for the diversity of banking business models in Europe.

Udvalgets udtalelse: Inclusive and sustainable Banking Union

Vedtaget on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/899-EESC-2020
Plenarforsamling: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC supports the Commission's 'Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules' and endorses the Communication on Identifying and tackling barriers to the single market.
The EESC believes that the insufficient or inadequate application of EU rules has been the Achilles heel of EU law and that therefore many instances of fraud and illegal behaviour have not been dealt with. It urges the Commission to include in the action plan a clearly defined role for civil society actors, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers
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Udvalgets udtalelse: Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

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