Opinions with Employers' Group members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general
This opinion examines how European legislation on circular public procurement can combine the main purpose of the contract with environmental protection, greater attention to SMEs, sustainable local production and the protection of social rights. This can be achieved by seeking and favouring solutions with a lower impact on the environment throughout their lifespan.
The EU is the world's biggest producer of glass with a market share of around one third of total world production. The industry is known for the quality of its products, its capacity for technological innovation and its skilled labour force. The glass industries comprise five sectors covering different glass products, applications and markets: containers, flat glass, glass fibre, special glasses and domestic glass.
Information memo: Glass in Europe at a crossroads: delivering a greener, energy-efficient industry, while enhancing competitiveness and maintaining quality jobs (own-initiative opinion)
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the health of Europe's citizens and its economy hard, notably its industrial production. The European companies in the sectors with high consumption of resources and energy (REIIs) were already in a precarious situation, and are now undergoing this further, unexpected, crisis.
This additional opinion will complement and update the proposals made in the original 2021 ASGS opinion, adopted in February this year. The purpose of the additional opinion is to take into account recent developments as regards the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
The European Semester has been adapted to the special circumstances triggered by the pandemic and it is playing a central role in the recovery, through the implementation of the Facility. The additional opinion is necessary for the EESC to make related proposals and it will be presented to the October 2021 Plenary in order to provide a timely input to the Commission's preparation of the next ASGS expected for November 2021. It will therefore target directly the next European Semester cycle at the right political and institutional moment.
The EU ETS was launched in 2005 and covers about 45 % of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The latest revision of the EU ETS Directive, adopted in 2018, sets the total quantity of emission allowances for phase 4 (2021-2030), in line with what was the current EU emission reduction target at the time (40 % reduction below 1990 levels by 2030).
The Communication is intended to update the previous Communication (COM (2020) 102 final) adopted on 10 March 2020 at the dawn of the COVID-19 crisis, taking into account the latest developments related in particular to the pandemic.