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Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/597-EESC-2018-02962-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the proposal for the ESF+ to improve merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy, and, as regards the ESF+, of the 6% decrease of the funding allocated to it. It calls for 30% of total resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion policies to be allocated to the ESF+ and for 30% of the ESF+ resources to be earmarked for social inclusion measures.

EESC opinion: European Social Fund+

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Follow-up to SOC/537 Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/473-EESC-2018-3003-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC considers the proposed European Investment Stabilisation Function (EISF) as a step towards closer euro area integration, and possibly an attempt to encourage non-euro Member States to join the single currency. However, the EESC is of the view that a well-crafted union-wide insurance scheme that acts as an automatic stabiliser amidst macroeconomic shocks would be more effective than the proposed EISF.

 

EESC opinion: European Investment Stabilisation Function

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/161-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The opinion pleads for an holistic approach to reconcile growth, climate, environmental challenges and societal problems in a fair transition design.

It underlines that Europe's renaissance ( rEUnaissance) means a fully fledged master plan for European industry, mainstreaming industrial policy across all EU policies, enabling industry to transform and generating industrial added value through creativity and smart design, social innovation and fostering new sustainable and inclusive industrial models.

EESC opinion: Strategic developments in industrial policy by 2030

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/466-EESC-2018-02766-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the Commission's Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, aimed at reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, and welcomes the legislative proposals stemming from it, on fiduciary duties, a taxonomy and benchmarks. The proposed gradual approach for its implementation, beginning with the work on a European sustainability taxonomy, is preferable. However, a subsequent extension of the initial taxonomy, based on environmental aspects, to social sustainability and governance goals will be necessary. Attention should be paid to the feasibility and proportionality of legal obligations.

 

EESC opinion: Institutional investors' and asset managers' duties regarding sustainability

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/867-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposals to amend the Taking of Evidence Regulation and the Service of Documents Regulation and calls on the Commission to take into account its observations: without a genuine judicial area, the freedoms of the single market cannot be fully taken advantage of.

EESC opinion: Taking of evidence and service of documents

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/456-EESC-2018-01695-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the Commission's Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, aimed at reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, and welcomes the legislative proposals stemming from it, on fiduciary duties, a taxonomy and benchmarks. The proposed gradual approach for its implementation, beginning with the work on a European sustainability taxonomy, is preferable. However, a subsequent extension of the initial taxonomy, based on environmental aspects, to social sustainability and governance goals will be necessary. Attention should be paid to the feasibility and proportionality of legal obligations.

EESC opinion: Action Plan on Sustainable Finance (communication)

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Article by Carlos Trias, rapporteur

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/603-EESC-2018-04028-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

In its opinion, the EESC welcomes the commitment to the renewed European Solidarity Corps (ESC) with an increased budget and target for participation. It also appreciates the merging with the EU Aid Volunteers. The Committee believes that in the future, the EU needs to develop two independent support programmes, one for youth and one for volunteering.

The EESC makes a series of concrete recommendations, such as: 1) the employment strand of the ECS needs to be subject to strict regulation and regular review; 2) there should be no age restriction on the ESC as it should be a support for volunteering; 3) the ESC should be restricted to the not for profit sector; 4)the main civil society platforms in the field (the European Youth Forum and the European Volunteering Centre) should be centrally involved in the regulation and oversight of the ESC.

EESC opinion: European Solidarity Corps (2018)

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/462-EESC-2018-03269
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC considers the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) as pivotal factors to achieve sustainable development in the EU and therefore strongly regrets the cut of 12% in the ERDF and 46% in the CF.

 

EESC opinion: Regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund

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