Opinions in the spotlight

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Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
NAT/778-EESC-2019

The transition to a low-carbon economy is the EU's goal and obligation and the EU committed itself to implement this transition in a socially just and cost-effective manner. It is thus important to examine all the feasible ways of financing climate neutrality, and possibly find new and innovative financing models in the near future.

EESC opinion: Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy and the Challenges in Financing Climate Change Adaptation (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
SOC/630-EESC-2019

EESC opinion: The effects of campaigns on participation in political decision-making (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Croatian presidency)

Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
ECO/504-EESC-2020

EESC opinion: Just Transition Fund and amendments to the Common Provisions Regulation

Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
ECO/505-EESC-2020-2020-00463-00-00-TRA

The coronavirus outbreak will have a deep and negative impact on the achievement of the SDGs and the objectives of the European Green Deal. For this reason, the EESC insists on the need to face this urgent threat as soon as possible and focus our recovery efforts without undue delay on the SDGs and the Green Deal. The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) is the first comprehensive policy measure to fulfil very ambitious targets of carbon neutrality until 2050 in line with the EU Green Deal. While saluting the Green Deal's ambitions, the EESC regrets the lack of consistency with the budgetary allocation within the next Multiannual Financial Framework and also expresses its doubts about the effectiveness of climate mainstreaming in all EU programmes and calls on the Member States to involve civil society organisations in pushing for climate-proof EU spending.

EESC opinion: European Green Deal Investment Plan

Adopted on 10/06/2020
Reference: 
CCMI/172-EESC-2020

The EESC welcomes the Commission's current efforts to analyse and possibly improve the performance of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC as part of its regulatory fitness and performance (REFIT) programme. The EESC consider that the Machinery Directive is a very important and successful instrument for European industry, and its basic approach must be left unchanged. While EESC agree some changes are needed, massive changes of the Machinery Directive, in particular to the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) in Annex I, would have a deep negative impact on the work of developing needed harmonised standards and must be avoided.

Information report: Revision of the Machinery Directive