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Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
SOC/621-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The future of Europe and of the EU will be shaped and developed by our young people – by the students sitting in classrooms today.  The foundations of their perceptions of and attitudes towards developments in Europe and the EU, and of their according them value or rejecting them, are already being laid in class and during discussions at school. The aim of a "Teaching Europe" initiative would be to put more emphasis on Europe and the EU in teaching in schools, and to highlight the EU's main achievements and its future challenges.  The way the history of the EU Member States is taught should also be taken into consideration. As an idea, easy-to-use teaching materials could be developed, which would explain, among other issues, the role played by the EESC, civil society and the social partners.

EESC opinion: Teaching Europe – developing a toolkit for schools (own-initiative opinion)

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: 
INT/881-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

This opinion aims to identify the barriers, key success factors and solutions for creating a truly innovative business climate to capture the solutions provided by new economic models.

EESC opinion: Fostering an entrepreneurship and innovation friendly single market – promoting new business models to meet societal challenges and transitions (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)

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
TEN/691-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

EESC opinion: Transport, energy and services of general interest as drivers of sustainable European growth through the digital revolution (own-initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
TEN/695-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC takes note of the Fourth Report on the State of the Energy Union (SEU), supports the objectives of the Energy Union and welcomes the emphasis on the engagement and mobilisation of EU society to take full ownership of the Energy Union.

EESC opinion: Report on the State of the Energy Union

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/493-EESC-2019
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

Although considerable progress has already been made towards completing EMU, there is still a need to significantly reinforce all four of its pillars, taking care to maintain the balance between them, as neglecting one or more of these pillars could result in dangerous disparities. Resilience to crises is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for completing EMU: it also requires a positive vision, as set out in Article 3 of the EU Treaty. The EESC generally calls on the European institutions and national governments to take much more ambitious action in the context of EMU reform in order to achieve a more integrated, more democratic and socially better developed Union.

EESC opinion: A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union (own initiative opinion)

Vedtaget on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/491-EESC-2019-00699
Plenarforsamling: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's ambition to kick-start a necessary debate, given the sensitivities of Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in tax matters. At the same time, the EESC considers that there are certain conditions that would need to be met for QMV to be successfully implemented. The EESC is aware that tax policy has always been closely linked to the sovereignty of Member States, as it is of utmost importance to them.

Following in-depth economic, social and fiscal analysis, any new rule must be fit-for-purpose and all Member States must at all times have sufficient possibilities to participate in the decision-making process. Creating an advantageous outcome both at the EU level and at the level of the individual Member State should be the ultimate objective.

 

EESC opinion: Taxation – qualified majority voting

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