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Vedtaget on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
INT/888-EESC-2019-03042-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

With this opinion the EESC wishes to highlight the scale of Dieselgate and regrets that the Commission was not able to anticipate these events by means of effective measures from the outset. The EESC further considers that the solution put forward in this proposal should not be limited to dealing with an issue of form, without genuinely serving the applicants' interests. Lastly the EESC also fears that, by empowering the Commission to issue delegated acts under the terms it sets out, the proposal would undermine not only the effectiveness of the legislation but also the intentions of the legislator when establishing these delegated act.

EESC opinion: Motor vehicles - emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles - repair and maintenance information (amendment)

Vedtaget on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/615-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC notes that the Global Compact is a non-binding instrument that does not create new obligations for EU Member States and its content is fully in line with the principles and values of the European Union, most notably Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, which includes – as its main values – respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The EESC therefore regrets the fact that the Compact has not been approved by all Member States and recommends that the EU clarify and build on the Compact's objectives using appropriate mechanisms.

EESC opinion: Implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration based on EU values (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 25/09/2019
Reference: 
SOC/623-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

EESC opinion: 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 25/09/2019
Reference: 
INT/886-EESC-2019-01847
Plenarforsamling: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The EESC would like a vigorous SME-friendly initiative (Act Small First) to be implemented with a view to achieving this objective, and calls for the Think small first principle and the SME test to be evaluated. The goal here will be to make these tools more effective and to design SME-compatible legislation so that SMEs can develop within the single market on the basis of complete legal certainty...

EESC opinion: Better Regulation stocktaking (Communication)

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/492-EESC-2019-01033-00-00-TRA
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The absence of economic and social convergence among Member States and regions is a threat to the political sustainability of the European project and all the benefits it has brought to European citizens. Developing economic and labour market resilience with economic, social, environmental and institutional sustainability should be the principle guiding policies. This will foster upwards convergence and fairness in the transition towards a climate-neutral economy while managing the challenges posed by digitalisation and demographic change.

EESC opinion: Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy (own initiative opinion)

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Toward a more resilient and sustainable European economy - Civil Society Days 2019

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
CCMI/167-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

European industrial, energy and climate policy is hampered by contradictory requirements on the price for Greenhouse effect Gas (GHG) emissions: on the one hand, high prices would be necessary to incentivise investment and changes in consumption patterns; on the other, the preservation of the external competitiveness of EU energy-intensive industries, as well as the prevention of “carbon leakage”, would require low prices.

The proposed own-initiative report investigates the technical and legal feasibility of Border Adjustment Measures for the internal price of GHG emissions: importers pay the price, exporters get it refunded, as it already is the case for VAT. The refund of the GHG emission price to exporters could be based on a VAT-like accounting system. The GHG emission price paid by importers could be based on the basic metals and materials content of the product. This system would be in line with WTO rules, and rely upon fully proven methodologies.

EESC opinion: The sectoral industrial perspective of reconciling climate and energy policies (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
SOC/620-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC calls for synergy between European PES Network strategy going beyond 2020 and the principles of the EPSR. An innovative role for PES in implementing national employment and labour market policies and in guaranteeing more effective services for companies has to be properly supported at national level with sufficient capacity, skilled staff, IT and technical equipment and financial support. Greater efforts should be made to monitor, evaluate and benchmark PES services to assess the effectiveness of these services in assisting jobseekers entering the labour market.

EESC opinion: The new role of public employment services (PES) in the context of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (own-initiative opinion)

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