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Ongoing (updated on 17/01/2019)
Referenz: 
TEN/684-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Commission's initiative, considering it an important step in developing an industrial strategy for cybersecurity and a strategic move to achieve robust and comprehensive digital autonomy. These aspects are essential for strengthening Europe's defence mechanisms against the ongoing cyberwarfare that threatens to undermine its political, economic and social systems.

EESC section opinion: European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres

Ongoing (updated on 15/01/2019)
Referenz: 
REX/509-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee would like to reiterate its commitment to the WTO as the guardian of international trade and a crucible for developing rules and disciplines to ensure fair trade, the liberalisation of trade in goods and services, and transparency in trade-related policy-making.

EESC section opinion: Reforming the WTO to adapt to developments in world trade (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 16/01/2019)
Referenz: 
ECO/469-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC welcome the definitive destination principle-based VAT system for taxing goods in B2B relations and reminds that it is an important achievement proving the continuous consolidation of the EU internal market. The Committee urges the Commission to explore how a common VAT system for both services and goods can be rolled out as quickly as possible. The EESC recommends greater collaboration between national fiscal and enforcement authorities in order to make the new destination-based VAT system more effective in terms of both effectiveness against fraud and reliability in favour of European enterprises.

EESC section opinion: Implementing the definitive VAT system

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Definitive VAT system intra-Union trade of goods COM(2018)329_European Commission presentaton

Ongoing (updated on 17/01/2019)
Referenz: 
REX/510-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

Composition of the study Group

Administrator in charge: Katarina Albrechtova | Assistant: Judith Landesz

Key points:

EESC recognises that trade contributes to economic development in a wider sense and in this regard supports enlarging the number of trade agreements the EU has in place.

The EESC considers that the participation of civil society in all kind of agreements is indispensable. DAGs should be advisory, consultative, institutionalised, competent to cover all provisions in the agreement, made up of a balance membership of all three sectors, representative, responsible and independent role in monitoring and evaluating EU agreements.

EESC section opinion: The role of Domestic Advisory Groups in monitoring the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

Ongoing (updated on 17/01/2019)
Referenz: 
ECO/485-EESC-2018-5763
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The EESC is of the opinion that building economic resilience, an objective that underlies the recommendations of the European Commission on the economic policy of the euro area, is of the utmost importance for the euro area economies. However, the Committee would like to stress that the pursuit of economic resilience should go hand in hand with increased labour market resilience, that is, the capacity of labour markets to weather shocks with limited social costs.

EESC section opinion: Euro area economic policy (2019)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referenz: 
CCMI/164-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dez 12, 2018 Dez 13, 2018

The proposal for a Regulation (COM(2018) 366) is based on Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union: the EU pursues the goal "to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples", the EU "shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe's cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced". But there is a clear perception that the number of challenges to face is larger, in particular the competition from online platforms and search engines, the concentration of the sector around a limited number of big players, or the rise of "disinformation". With this new programme, the EU Commission wants to offer opportunities for operators to develop technologically and artistically innovative European trans-border initiatives to exchange, co-create, co-produce, and distribute European works. The purpose is also to strengthen the position of EU actors in the EU and global markets.

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referenz: 
TEN/678-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dez 12, 2018 Dez 13, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the proposal for a regulation for the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) research and training programme 2021-2025.

The EESC considers the EURATOM budget to be proportionate to the objectives set and considers it essential to maintain this financial allocation regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The Committee also considers it crucial in this respect to manage the United Kingdom's exit from the Euratom programme with the utmost care, particularly with regard to research already in progress, shared infrastructure and the social impact on staff  (e.g. working conditions) both on British soil and elsewhere.

EESC opinion: Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referenz: 
TEN/680-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dez 12, 2018 Dez 13, 2018

The EESC notes that achieving clean energy is a high priority and to this end fusion energy is recognised as a potential long-term solution with Europe being at the forefront of developing fusion technologies which are carbon-free, sustainable and help secure our mix of energy supplies.

The EESC emphasises that the high level of long-term investment needed for the development of a fusion power plant does still entail some industrial risk, but in the event of success the realisation of a fusion power plant would be a newly introduced factor that would significantly change the existing energy supply by providing a disruptive innovation, with fusion fuel being abundant and virtually inexhaustible.

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referenz: 
TEN/681-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dez 12, 2018 Dez 13, 2018

The EESC endorses the Commission's proposal and highlights the suggestions for future support put forward in the opinion.

The EESC does not suggest amending the proposal, but instead calls for closer monitoring of activities in areas raised in the opinion, particularly a sustainable development oriented approach in the choice of energy sources; proper consideration of the specific situation in Lithuania in particular, as well as in other countries concerned with regard to socio-economic aspects; dissemination throughout the EU of knowledge acquired in the area of dismantling and on the issue of training workers; safe and sustainable management of nuclear waste generated; and strengthening of performance indicators by including performance in relation to protecting workers from radiation.

EESC opinion: MFF and nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste

Adopted on 13/12/2018
Referenz: 
ECO/483-EESC-2018-04922-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dez 12, 2018 Dez 13, 2018

The EESC thinks that, in addition to strengthening the coordination between supervisory authorities and streamlining procedures, operations should also be coordinated with other relevant parties to tackle money laundering and terrorism financing effectively. The EESC stresses the importance of internal and external communication on money laundering and financing of terrorism. The key element in internal communications is improving and protecting information streams between the supervisory bodies concerned; in the case of external communication, the public in question should be provided with information and made aware of the different ways this kind of crime may be presented, as a means of preventing and preparing for it.

EESC opinion: European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) – Amended proposal to fight money laundering

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