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22/10/2020

Securing sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly critical raw materials (CRM), is of huge importance to the European economy, where at least 30 million jobs depend on the availability of raw materials. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the importance of digital transformation. 

16/10/2020

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted the opinion From Farm to Fork: a sustainable food strategy at its September Plenary session, following the European Commission's communication on the Farm to Fork Strategy - for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. As an integral part of the European Green Deal, this is the first EU strategy claiming to encompass the entirety of the food chain.

14/10/2020

Since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, various jurisdictions throughout the world have implemented Emissions Trading Systems (ETSs). The EU ETS is the largest and oldest one and it is going to be overhauled in line with the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework. In an opinion adopted at its September plenary session, the EESC provides an overview of the EU ETS and of other ETSs globally and outlines approaches to regulate trade in this new deal of carbon markets.

06/10/2020

In der COVID-19-Krise ist die Anfälligkeit weltweiter Lieferketten deutlich zutage getreten. Sie hat auch die unsichere Lage von Arbeitnehmern sowie die negativen sozialen, gesundheitlichen und sicherheitsspezifischen Auswirkungen von Geschäftstätigkeiten in den heutigen Lieferketten offenbart. Gerade jetzt, da konkretes politisches Handeln und konkrete Beschlüsse gefragt sind, haben der deutsche EU-Ratsvorsitz und das Europäische Parlament den Europäischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss (EWSA) hierzu um Empfehlungen ersucht.

05/10/2020

COVID-19 has been a tsunami for SMEs. The EU's proposed new SME strategy, which predates the crisis, fails to cope with the huge challenges that have since jumped to the fore, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a recently adopted opinion.

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