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Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
TEN/705-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC recommends that the Commission encourage all decision-making authorities to: create the conditions for access to energy for all, reduce energy poverty, and gather qualitative and gender-specific data with appropriate indicators; strengthen and enforce existing legislation; provide for a targeted policy on gender equality in the energy sector.

EESC opinion: Energy: women as equal players in the 21st century

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
TEN/707-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The health, economic and social crisis of COVID-19 has intensified the severity of the affordable housing crisis that Member States have been facing for years, particularly for homeless people, overcrowded households, residents of working class neighbourhoods and seasonal workers and immigrants – victims of housing conditions that have directly affected the infection rate in society. Although housing policy remains the competence of the Member States, the shortage of decent and affordable housing in the European Union requires a European action plan on housing that includes a comprehensive set of measures, which are easy for people to understand, to help Member States, regions and cities in Europe to sustainably boost the supply of social and affordable housing and effectively combat homelessness.

EESC opinion: Universal access to housing that is decent, sustainable and affordable over the long term

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
NAT/790-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC, through its consultation and platform can offer an expert, objective view that identifies key priorities for future rural policy, thereby considering in particular the needs of the vulnerable regions. Rural-proofing needs to be reinvigorated alongside specific rural policies while transgenerational and smart community measures need to be mainstreamed.

EESC opinion: An integrated approach for the EU's rural areas, with particular emphasis on vulnerable regions (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
CCMI/176-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Securing sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. However, the EU is confronted with a number of technological and environmental challenges along the entire production value chain of primary and secondary raw materials.

EESC opinion: Digital Mining in Europe: New solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
INT/906-EESC-2020-01962
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

EESC opinion: Strengthening non-profit social enterprises as an essential pillar of a socially equitable Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
ECO/510-EESC-2020-2020-00997
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC proposes launching a European pact to effectively combat tax fraud, evasion and avoidance and money laundering. The Committee calls on the European Commission to promote a political initiative involving national governments and the other European institutions in achieving this goal, fostering the consensus needed for this and involving civil society. Cooperation between Member States should be the main pillar of the pact. The Committee urges the European institutions and the Member States to provide the financial and human resources required for the effective implementation of existing European legislation and to agree on a commitment to adopt all necessary new legislative and administrative measures to effectively combat tax offences and bad practices, money laundering and the activities of tax havens. This requires permanent evaluation of the outcome of implementing each measure.

EESC opinion: Combat tax fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering

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Slideshow used by DG FISMA at the study group meeting ECO/510 on 8 June 2020

Adopted on 18/09/2020
Reference: 
NAT/793-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The national provisions governing seed harvested and controlled in those countries afford the same assurances as the provisions applicable to seed harvested and controlled within the European Union as regards the seed's characteristics and the arrangements for :

  • its examination;
  • ensuring seed identification;
  • marking;
  • control.

Ukraine has submitted a request that its cereal seed is covered by Council Decision 2003/17/EC as equivalent.

EESC opinion: Seed equivalence - Ukraine

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