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

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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)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/486-EESC-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 15/05/2019
Reference: 
CCMI/166-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The revision of the energy performance in buildings directive will have a significant impact on economic activities in the construction sector by increasing the average rate of annual renovation and through the implementation of long term renovation strategies in Members States. This will have a positive impact on employment and open the opportunity to acquire new and additional skills and qualifications in order to ensure sustainable quality employment and competitiveness of the construction sector.

EESC opinion: Working with asbestos in energy renovation (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
INT/877-EESC-2018-05386-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The EESC welcomes the coordinated plan and calls for urgency in its implementation. To succeed in global competition, the EU must be at the forefront in innovation and investment, following the principle of "human in command" and trustworthiness of AI.

EESC opinion: Coordinated Plan on the development of Artificial Intelligence in Europe

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
INT/876-EESC-2018-05252-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

With this opinion the EESC welcomes the Commission's strong message on reinforcing the Single Market and the need for commitment from all Member States and citizens. The EESC calls for a Single Market that must be perceived as an opportunity to reassert European values, fundamental rights and duties to achieve progress and welfare for all Member States and citizens. Values like liberty, economic growth, democracy, peace, science and innovation, political stability, consumers and social rights must be present in citizens' mindset as a result of a process that started 60 years ago.

EESC opinion: Single Market Communication

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018-06204
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the updated European Bio-economy Strategy.  The purpose of this update to the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy was to address the challenges of living in a world of limited resources.

EESC opinion: Communication updating the 2012 Bio-economy Strategy

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