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

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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: 
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: 
NAT/758-EESC-2018
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

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
REX/505-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

Key points:

The EESC considers the Joint Communication to be most timely. The world order is changing at its fastest rate for nearly thirty years, the post-war international trading order is under significant challenge, the balance of global economic power is moving eastwards and Asian global purchasing power is growing exponentially.

The EESC welcomes the emphasis in the Communication on sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity.

EESC opinion: Connecting Europe and Asia - Building blocks for an EU Strategy

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
SC/52-EESC-2018-5821
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The opinion tables proposals on how to enhance the European project and bring it closer to its citizens.

EESC opinion: The Future of the EU: Benefits to citizens and respect for European values (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
ECO/484-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of this proposal is to provide an update of EESC's positions related to the cohesion package presented by the Commission on May 2018. While the discussions in the Council and the Parliament are still ongoing, this opinion will reflect better the developments in view of a successful cohesion policy in the post-2020 period.

The Romanian presidency who has asked for this opinion proposes that  the conclusions drawn in this opinion could stimulate the informal ministerial debate of the cohesion ministers to be held in April 2019.

EESC opinion: The future of cohesion policy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

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