Opinions with Employers' Group members as rapporteur/co-rapporteur/rapporteur-general

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Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
ECO/495-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

This own-initiative opinion will focus on the interface and inter-linkages between the European semester and Cohesion policy under the new Multiannual Financial Framework with a view to developing policy proposals to improve sustainable growth performance. With the Europe 2020 Strategy coming to an end, these proposals can contribute to the preparation of a new European strategy post-2020.

EESC opinion: The European Semester and Cohesion policy - Towards a new European strategy post-2020 (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
SOC/621-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The future of Europe and of the EU will be shaped and developed by our young people – by the students sitting in classrooms today.  The foundations of their perceptions of and attitudes towards developments in Europe and the EU, and of their according them value or rejecting them, are already being laid in class and during discussions at school. The aim of a "Teaching Europe" initiative would be to put more emphasis on Europe and the EU in teaching in schools, and to highlight the EU's main achievements and its future challenges.  The way the history of the EU Member States is taught should also be taken into consideration. As an idea, easy-to-use teaching materials could be developed, which would explain, among other issues, the role played by the EESC, civil society and the social partners.

EESC opinion: Teaching Europe – developing a toolkit for schools (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
TEN/696-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

The European Commission’s first progress report on the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries shows that a variety of actions have been launched to develop a significant battery industry in the EU. Although it is far too early to draw definitive conclusions, the EESC supports the initiatives that the Commission has taken and has announced it will take to work with Member States and European industry to break Europe's dependence on non-EU – particularly Asian – countries. There is much to be done in the coming years to achieve the necessary level of technological expertise in the EU, to secure the supply of raw materials from third countries and EU sources and to ensure that batteries can be recycled safely and cleanly. Investing in staff is the joint responsibility for the government and the business community.

EESC opinion: Strategic Action Plan on Batteries (report)

Adopted on 17/07/2019
Reference: 
TEN/691-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

EESC opinion: Transport, energy and services of general interest as drivers of sustainable European growth through the digital revolution (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-2019-00073-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-2019-00069-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. While the document does not contain any new policy proposals, it provides the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policy and frames what the EU considers as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EESC opinion: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
SOC/625-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

In a context where the European Commission proposed the reiteration of the 2018 Employment guidelines, the EESC opinion refers to and builds on the findings and recommendations it made in its 2018 opinion. Furthermore, it develops some additional aspects in view of recent developments and documents of the European Commission – such as the 2019 country reports. Thank you for clicking on the title of the opinion to read some more on the opinion's content!

EESC opinion: Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/479-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The aim of this proposal is to better explore how project-oriented policies and smart specialization strategies can be directed towards development of transnational networks involving local authorities, SME's and research institutions. These partnerships are essential for the realization of transantional projects, with the EU funding, eventually under the umbrella of the EU macro-regional strategies.

EESC opinion: Economic convergence and competitiveness within macro-regions-transnational clusters (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

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