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20/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
REX/461-EESC-2016-00758-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The 2030 Agenda represents a breakthrough in multilateral cooperation, in the sense that it puts social and human development on a par with economic progress, and sees these three dimensions as a whole. Whereas the MDGs (Millennium Development goals) addressed primarily developing countries, this new Agenda is a transformational and universal agenda for all countries, and promotes a new, inclusive and participatory method of decision-making. The EU showed significant leadership in the process leading up to the adoption of the new SDGs (Sustainable Development Goasl). The opinion stresses that the EU needs to hold up its credibility both internally and externally, when it comes to implementing the Agenda and its 17 goals. Pointing to the universal and indivisible nature of the Agenda, the opinion underlines the importance of an EU response at the highest level, providing a robust base on which an overarching EU strategy should be founded.

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: The 2030 Agenda – a European Union committed to sustainable development globally

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
TEN/600-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC supports the Commission's initiatives to achieve "roam-like-at-home" from 15 June 2017 as well as its efforts to eliminate the failures of the wholesale roaming market.

However, pre-emptive measures will be necessary to prevent operators from compensating for the drop in revenue resulting from the abolition of roaming charges by increasing domestic charges or by means of other improper practices. The EESC also expresses serious reservations about the new possibility given to operators to negotiate "innovative wholesale pricing schemes" outside the regulated prices (caps) that would not be directly linked to the actual volumes consumed. Commercial negotiations based on flat payments are likely to lead to cartels and abuses of dominant positions.

EESC opinion: Review of the wholesale roaming market in the EU

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The review of national wholesale roaming markets and the Roaming Regulation

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
SOC/536-EESC-2016-01275-00-01-ac
Plenary session: 
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Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Alarming political decisions have shown that the EU lacks adequate instruments to safeguard fundamental values and the rule of law. A new European mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights is needed. The mechanism should include a regular assessment of Member States in a governance "policy coordination cycle", similar to the European Semester. The EESC should play an active role, as this will make for strong civil society involvement. The mechanism must be based on indicators, taking into account the indivisibility of fundamental economic, social and cultural rights and civil and political rights.

 

 

EESC opinion: European control mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

EESC opinion: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
TEN/583-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC takes the view that the general development of distributed prosumer energy should form an important and sustainable part of the European Union’s energy policy. Such an approach would be beneficial and might even be necessary from the point of view of energy security and in light of environmental and social concerns. In particular, the Committee points to the prosumers’ advantages of, among others, lower energy transmission costs, better use of local energy sources, and the economic and social involvement of local communities.

EESC opinion: Prosumer Energy and Prosumer Power Cooperatives: Opportunities and challenges in the EU countries

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A 2020 Vision for Europe's Energy customers

Working Group report “Consumers as Energy Market Actors”

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/408-EESC-2016-04274-00-01-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
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Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

EESC opinion: Anti-Money Laundering Directive

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Presentation Commission "Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2015/849"

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
ECO/414-EESC-2016-04584-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

EESC opinion: Access to anti-money-laundering information by tax authorities

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Presentation "Access to Anti-money laundering informations"

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/799-EESC-2016-04454-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

For the EESC it is essential that the Commission take further action to ensure that all e-retailers and consumers, and particularly individuals and SMEs in remote areas, can finally benefit from cross-border parcel delivery services that are accessible, high quality and affordable, fearing that the proposed measures not be enough and do little to encourage the cross-border parcel delivery services concerned to charge reasonable tariffs. Therefore the EESC regrets that the Commission is shelving any more stringent measures until the end of 2018, calling on the Commission to take the same approach it took to roaming charges in mobile communications.

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/801-EESC-2016-04511-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

While supporting the pilot project to set up a financial expertise centre for consumers and end-users of financial services, the EESC feels it would be useful to call for a number of conditions to be met: legitimacy, financial independence, transparency and accountability, public visibility, as well as balance between financial sector professionals and users.

EESC opinion: Involvement of consumers / financial services

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