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Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
CCMI/169-EESC-2019
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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.

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

Vedtaget on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
INT/890-EESC-04496-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Regulation, adopted in 2008, sets out its mission and tasks, as well as the framework for its operation. This regulation was amended in 2013 to bring it in line with the Horizon 2020 programme.
For the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe will be the Union program that will finance the EIT. Since a number of provisions of the EIT Regulation refer directly to the current Horizon 2020 program, these provisions need to be amended to make them compatible with the forthcoming EU Framework Programmes for research and innovation. It is therefore proposed to make the new EIT Regulation temporally neutral, so that it would in principle not be necessary to modify it at the end of each MFF or that the changes would be only minimal. It is proposed to amend it by means of the legislative recasting technique to ensure greater legal clarity and readability.

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: 
REX/517-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
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Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Udvalgets udtalelse: The role of the EU's trade and investment policies in enhancing the EU's economic performance (own-initiative opinion)

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

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