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Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/895-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The Commission's new Circular Economy Action Plan focuses on sustainable products, less waste, product value chains, and circularity in regions and cities, and the global level.

EESC opinion: New Circular Economy Action Plan

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/894-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC congratulates the Commission's for its strategy to encourage the uptake of AI technologies while also ensuring their compliance with European ethical norms, legal requirements and social values.

EESC opinion: White Paper on Artificial Intelligence

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/899-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC supports the Commission's 'Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules' and endorses the Communication on Identifying and tackling barriers to the single market.
The EESC believes that the insufficient or inadequate application of EU rules has been the Achilles heel of EU law and that therefore many instances of fraud and illegal behaviour have not been dealt with. It urges the Commission to include in the action plan a clearly defined role for civil society actors, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers
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EESC opinion: Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
INT/896-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC welcomes this package of new initiatives in a wide range of areas and advocates a European path to digitalisation by seizing the opportunities for the economy together with the protection of our data to ensure privacy and self-determination.

EESC opinion: Shaping Europe's Digital Future

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
NAT/784-EESC-2020-1431
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

This EESC opinion will respond to the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on establishing a European Climate Law and it will look into the role of citizens in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality.

EESC opinion: European Climate Law

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EESC section opinion: European Climate Law

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
REX/529-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The unprecedented magnitude of the COVID crisis requires an unprecedented, long-term and unequivocal response. International trade is a vital tool to finance recovery ge get out of the crisis. In these efforts, the EU must stay true to its values and ensure the protection of businesses, workers and people, leaving no one behind. Recovery must be based on sustainability, and inclusive and green growth. Green Deal measures are therefore more relevant than ever.

EESC opinion: A post COVID-19 emergency: the design of a New Multilateral Matrix (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 15/07/2020
Reference: 
ECO/512-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC believes that there are well-founded reasons to establish uniform rules within the EU to combat global warming and based on these to embark on international discussions with other trading blocs. Furthermore, the Committee deems that, in the future, it could be useful and necessary to also devise new taxation measures that can supplement the current emissions trading system  and national carbon taxes in order to achieve an effective and symmetrical policy framework to tackle the increasing amount of CO2 emissions.

EESC opinion: Taxation mechanisms for reducing CO2 emissions

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