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Ongoing (updated on 05/03/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/632-EESC-2020
Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
CCMI/170-EESC-2019

The INT section is currently preparing an opinion on the Commission's Communication "Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence" COM(2019)168. The Commission considers that in order to achieve ‘trustworthy AI’, three components are necessary: (1) it should comply with the law, (2) it should fulfil ethical principles and (3) it should be robust. Based on these three components and the European values, the guidelines identify seven key requirements that AI applications should respect to be considered trustworthy. The guidelines also include an assessment list to help check whether these requirements are fulfilled. The CCMI previous experience on the automotive sector is a solid asset to produce a supplementary opinion on this particular Automotive Sector.

EESC section opinion: Artificial intelligence in the automotive sector (supplementary opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 19/02/2020)
Reference: 
INT/823-EESC-2017

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

Information memo: The digital single market - trends and opportunities for SMEs (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 01/03/2019)
Reference: 
/-EESC-2017-EESC-2017-05706-00-00-PAC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

Statute and funding of European political parties and foundations

Adopted on 19/02/2020
Reference: 
ECO/502-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
550 -
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

The EESC welcomes the approach taken by the annual growth strategy for 2020, based on the four key pillars that are the environment, productivity, stability and fairness and also welcomes the inclusion of the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It also welcomes the fact that social rights are highlighted in the 2020 growth strategy and hopes that special attention will be given to the gender issue. Long term investment in education, training and skills development and to boost research and innovation, with increased funds earmarked for them, is absolutely crucial and decisive for the EU competitiveness. The greatest priority of all is to restore sustainable growth, above all in the weakest countries and regions. Finally,  the EESC agrees on the need to strengthen the stability and resilience of the financial system and tighten the rules governing the financial markets.

EESC opinion: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020

Adopted on 19/02/2020
Reference: 
ECO/503-EESC-2019-04990
Plenary session: 
550 -
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

The EESC is concerned to note the euro area's economic downturn and the gradual end to a fall in unemployment, wedded to the persistent higher incidence of risk factors affecting economic performance. It is the European Green Deal that the EESC sees as the backbone of the future EU and euro-area economic configuration – the potential start of a fundamental change and a turning point. If managed successfully, it could move Europe up a gear economically and socially; if not, its failure could fatally jeopardise the integrity of the EU.

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2020

Adopted on 23/01/2020
Reference: 
NAT/781-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
549 -
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

The fleet segments with the highest dependency on Eastern Baltic cod encompass more than 300 vessels in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. The closure will have a strong negative impact in certain regions and coastal communities.

EESC opinion: Eastern Baltic cod

Adopted on 23/01/2020
Reference: 
NAT/765-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
549 -
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

EESC opinion: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)

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