Opinions with Diversity Europe - Group III members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

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Adopted on 27/04/2021
Reference: 
INT/927-EESC-2020-5871
Plenary session: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The EESC fully supports the European Commission's action plan on intellectual property as a very good and holistic approach to modernising the EU IP system. The EESC welcomes all measures to enforce the fight against IPR infringement, and the strengthening of the role of the European Anti-Fraud Office in the fight against counterfeiting.

 

EESC opinion: Action plan/intellectual property

Adopted on 27/04/2021
Reference: 
INT/925-EESC-2020-5266
Plenary session: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

Social economy is a key and a growing contributor to the European economy and the job creation.

This exploratory opinion has been requested by the Portuguese presidency of the Council. Social economy represents a key and a growing contributor to the European economy and the job creation. It has a positive impact on working conditions and the enlargement of the labour market. Social economy has a pivotal role to play in the future Action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by promoting social inclusion and a better access to the labour market.  

EESC opinion: The role of social economy in the creation of jobs and in the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

Adopted on 27/04/2021
Reference: 
INT/921-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

This proposal is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European strategy for data.

EESC opinion: Regulation on European data governance

Adopted on 27/04/2021
Reference: 
NAT/807-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented.

The strategy is intended as a first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment, as announced in the European Green Deal. 

EESC opinion: Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment

Adopted on 27/04/2021
Reference: 
SOC/665-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
560 -
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

The opinion, presenting EESC's position on the four proposals of the Health package published by the European  Commission in November 2020, supports and welcomes these initiatives but draws the attention on some elements.

  • The EU and Member States should ensure that everyone has equal access to quality, well staffed, well equipped health and social services. This is particularly important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic which has deepened existing inequalities.
  • Special attention in future EU policies should be given to healthcare workers and the need to improve working conditions, including pay, recruitment and retention, as well as their health and safety.
  • The new EU health package should be combined with the roll-out of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), particularly its principles 12, 16, 17 and 18 and the Action Plan on the EPSR. It should also be part of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.

EESC opinion: Building a European Health Union

Adopted on 24/03/2021
Reference: 
TEN/724-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

EESC opinion: State of the Energy Union Report 2020 and Assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans

Adopted on 24/03/2021
Reference: 
INT/917-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

In its opinion, the EESC points out that implementing the single window environment for customs will take trade in goods into the new digital age through simplification and automation. Trade generally in the EU will grow, the Union will become more competitive, and customs will be modernised.

EESC opinion: Customs single window

Adopted on 24/03/2021
Reference: 
INT/920-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
559 -
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

The EESC shares the Commission's view on the strategic importance of payments and that further work is needed to enable payment transactions within the single market using new home-grown, pan-European payment solutions. It also supports the view that the Commission should act as a political catalyst, whilst it is the private sector that should design the innovative digital payment solutions. The EESC believes that relevant market players should be subject to appropriate legislation, supervision and oversight, ensuring a level playing field among those offering the same services and activities.

 

EESC opinion: Retail payments for the EU (Communication)

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