The EESC welcomes the plan to make European industry more resilient and to strengthen the domestic semiconductor industry.
Sektionen for Det Indre Marked, Produktion og Forbrug (INT) - Related Opinions
Semiconductors are at the heart of strong geopolitical interests, giving countries the conditions to be able to act (militarily, economically and industrially) and to foster digital and ecological transitions. They are essential for strategic and industrial autonomy.
Health and social services such as care, helping disadvantaged individuals and those with disabilities to break back into the labour market, childcare and social housing are fundamental when it comes to guaranteeing social cohesion in the ongoing period of post-pandemic recovery, humanitarian crisis and international tensions. European rules on state aid for these services are therefore fundamental.
The EESC welcomes the European Commission's decision to prolong the State aid Temporary Framework stemming from the pandemic. However, these measures are too exceptional for them to be extended to the general framework and therefore become permanent.
The purpose of the opinion is to contribute to the further development of the foresight in the EU policy-making so to strengthen the EU's capacity and freedom to act. The opinion should ensure that EESC views are integrated in the new EU policymaking cycle which introduced foresight as a new compass as well as in the next European Commission's Annual Foresight Report.
- welcomes this package of measures;
- recognises that need to pay particular attention to the situation of smaller EU Member States, Cyprus, Ireland and Malta in particula;
- stresses in particular the central role of a functioning, fair and efficient internal market;
- welcomes the packaging requirements for UK products included in the package;
- draws attention to the need for a timely and sustainable solution, which should be developed within the framework of the European Pharmaceutical Strategy.
On 16 July 2021 the Commission adopted its proposal for a Council Recommendation on ‘A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe' to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies.