Opinions

  • Ongoing (updated on 25/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Reference
    ECO/639-EESC-2024-2024-00535
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Council of December 2023 discussed the EU enlargement policy, including the stabilisation and association process and next steps in this respect. The enlargement policy will be one of the top priorities for the next coming years. One of the most important aspects of the enlargement process will be the cohesion policy and the structural funds.

    The need for a structural policy to be applied following enlargement is justified both by the external necessity of reducing the gap between the applicant countries and the EU average and by the internal necessity of combating increasing disparities amongst and within accession countries.

    EESC section opinion: The role of cohesion policy in upcoming rounds of EU enlargement
  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 19/03/2024
    Reference
    INT/1069-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    590
    -

    This is an exploratory opinion requested by the upcoming Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 16/01/2024
    Reference
    NAT/931-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -
    EESC section opinion: EU climate target for 2040
  • Ongoing (updated on 24/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    NAT/928-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland
    Plenary session number
    591
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/224-EESC-2024
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Ireland
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Commission has requested from the EESC an exploratory opinion on industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society. Building on EESC's previous work on the EU Blue Deal, this exploratory opinion aims to make concrete recommendations on how to boost the development and uptake of new water technologies and best practices in the EU and support notably industries in the transformation towards a water-resilient society, taking into account sectoral constraints.

    EESC section opinion: Industrial and technological approaches and best practices supporting a water resilient society
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/01/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/214-EESC-2024
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    (France
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    This own-initiative opinion using the drone manufacturing industry as a case study will seek to examine the different policies in place to enhance European strategic autonomy and develop synergies between defence and civilian sector, in areas of great social interest such as civil protection, assessment of disasters and quick response of local authorities, traffic monitoring and others. It is important for civil society and stakeholders to mobilise resources and create new added values in the defense sector in such a manner that will maximise security outcome, by motivating industry to cover its own demand, produce appropriate and modern tools of deterrence and transform these at periods of lower turbulence towards civil protection activities.

    EESC section opinion: Drone manufacturing industry: a case study to assess the outcome in a strategic sector of the different policies in place to enhance European strategic autonomy
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/222-EESC-2024
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Italy
    (Sweden
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    EDIS is a joint communication of the Commission and the High Representative that sets a vision for the European defence industrial policy until 2035.

    The EESC welcomes this Commission initiative and the CCMI study group members will examine how the European Defence Industrial Strategy can strengthen the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) and achieve defence industrial readiness. Furthermore, this opinion will assess the necessary steps for the successful implementation of this strategy.

    EESC section opinion: European defence industrial strategy
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2022
    Reference
    CCMI/203-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Poland
    (France
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    The European Defence Investment Programme (EDIP) regulation will serve as the anchor for future joint development and procurement projects of high common interest to the security of the Member States and the Union.

    EESC section opinion: European defence industry programme
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    TEN/833-EESC-2024
    Employers - GR I
    Czech Republic
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Plenary session number
    588
    -
    EESC section opinion: Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: Driving forces for the security of medical radioisotopes supply
  • Ongoing (updated on 23/05/2024) - Bureau decision date: 13/02/2024
    Reference
    ECO/646-EESC-2024-2024-00987
    Employers - GR I
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    According to Article 175 of the TFEU the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, every three years, on the progress towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion.

    The 9th report which covers the first period (2021-2023) of the programming period 2021-2027 will include a record of progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion, including the socio-economic situation of regions as well as the integration of EU priorities. It will also include, where appropriate, an indication of future EU measures and policies necessary to strengthen cohesion, as well as to deliver EU priorities.

    EESC section opinion: Ninth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion