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Adopted on 20/10/2021
Reference: 
INT/963-EESC-2021-04727-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
564 -
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

In its opinion, the EESC supports the European Commission's proposal, given its major socio-economic importance for the region. The maintaining of the suspension of customs duties on imports of industrial products, as well as the extension of the product categories it covers, is considered to be beneficial for the Canary Islands' economy, which has suffered particular economic damage in comparison with other EU regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in relation to domestic GDP volume.

EESC opinion: Proposal for a Council Regulation temporarily suspending autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on imports of certain industrial products into the Canary Islands.

Adopted on 20/10/2021
Reference: 
SOC/697-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
564 -
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 21, 2021

This opinion deals with the new Strategy for the future of Schengen issued by the European Commission last June. The Strategy is part of a broader effort to update and strengthen Schengen, which also includes a proposal to amend the regulation on the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism. In this opinion, the EESC welcomes the Commission's Strategy towards a fully functioning and resilient Schengen area and reaffirms its full support for the principles underlying Schengen cooperation. Nevertheless the opinion also advances some concerns, such as: reports of fundamental rights violations at the EU's external borders; the semi-permanent reintroduction of border controls at parts of Member States internal borders and the negative economic and social impact this has had on businesses, and in particular frontier workers, border communities and Euroregions.

EESC opinion: Communication on a Strategy for the future of Schengen and Amendment of the Regulation establishing the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism

Adopted on 22/09/2021
Reference: 
INT/938-EESC-2021
Plenary session: 
563 -
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

The objective of this proposal is to improve sustainability reporting at the least possible cost, in order to better harness the potential of the European single market to contribute to the transition towards a fully sustainable and inclusive economic and financial system in accordance with the European Green Deal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EESC opinion: Review of the non-financial-reporting directive

Adopted on 22/09/2021
Reference: 
ECO/549-EESC-2021-02010
Plenary session: 
563 -
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

The EESC underscores the potential key role of the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Delegated Regulation in creating a clear, coherent and comprehensive framework to highlight the ambitious development of a greener economy without lock-in effects. The taxonomy should build on technical criteria that clearly define the green investments that directly contribute to Europe's climate objectives.

EESC opinion: Sustainable finance taxonomy - climate change

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