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

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Adopted on 18/10/2018
Reference: 
NAT/750-EESC-2018-03220
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The proposal is intended to introduce some targeted changes to Council Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), under which the European Union supports, coordinates and supplements the action of Member States in the field of civil protection to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters within and outside the Union. The proposal acknowledges that disaster prevention efforts are crucial to limit the need for crisis and emergency support.

EESC opinion: Strengthen EU's civil protection response - rescEU

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/859-EESC-2018-03034-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes in principle the integration of five predecessor programmes (and of the European Statistical Programme, though that extends beyond the scope of the single market) and a number of budget headings into a single market programme, as it can be expected to produce synergies and improve cost efficiency. Due to steadily increasing volume of work in consumer protection policy EESC urges the Commission to further develop cooperation with consumer networks and organisations and to increase funding for consumer protection. It is also concerned that the negotiations on the EU financial framework could result in cuts and thus in a lower budget than in the past.

EESC opinion: Single market programme

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/472-EESC-2018-3054
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes and endorses the rationale behind the establishment of the Reform Support Programme. However, the EESC believes that, in order to launch the programme successfully and obtain the expected benefits, better responses are needed to a number of still open questions.

 

EESC opinion: Reform Support Programme

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/858-EESC-2018-03007-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC is pleased to observe that many of its recommendations for the Horizon 2020 mid-term evaluation have been taken up in areas such as collaborative research and mobility, steps to strengthen innovation, overcome disparities among regions, promote science and innovation activities among citizens, remedy low success rates and reduce the administrative burden.

EESC opinion: Horizon Europe

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/474-EESC-2018-3065
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the fact that the package of regulations on the future multiannual financial framework includes the InvestEU proposal to strengthen investment activity in the EU, including long-term investment projects that are of high public interest, while also respecting the sustainable development criteria. In order to guarantee that this programme operates successfully, the Committee underlines the importance of the involvement of civil society organisations and social and economic partners. The EESC appreciates the European Commission's efforts to create an umbrella financial instrument by the InvestEU programme that will result in unified management, enhanced transparency and potential for synergies. The EESC appreciates the fact that, in addition to promoting sustainable infrastructure, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research and innovation, the InvestEU programme also focuses on social investment and skills.

 

 

EESC opinion: InvestEU

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/870-EESC-2018-04010-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The Committee believes that the amount of funding allocated is insufficient considering the aims to be pursued and considers it important to provide equipment with the commensurate speed to those customs offices under greatest pressure to carry out controls, such as sea border offices.

EESC opinion: Establishing, as part of the Integrated Border Management Fund, the instrument for financial support for customs control equipment

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
INT/841-EESC-2018-01917-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the proposals that enhance the international competitiveness of SMEs, reduce cost, harmonise and simplify processes for registration, filing of company changes and conversions. It believes that guidance by the Commission to the Member States on transposition of the directives is useful.

EESC opinion: Package on European company law

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