Opinions

  • Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 12/12/2023
    Reference
    INT/1055-EESC
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    591
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    The exploratory opinion requested by the Commission will focus on General Purpose AI models and the systems based on these models, their use by institutions, bodies and businesses and the impact they have on economy and society. Its aim is to support the implementation of the Artificial Intelligence Act, in particular as regards General Purpose AI and their governance. It will, more specifically, contribute to the preparation of the codes of practice in relation to General Purpose AI, provide recommendations on the next steps in the field and engage in the global discussions around General Purpose AI and their governance.

  • Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Reference
    INT/1028-EESC-2023
    Employers - GR I
    France
    Workers - GR II
    Italy
    Plenary session number
    587
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    EU competitiveness beyond 2030: looking ahead at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Single Market.

    EESC section opinion: Long-term competitiveness strategy
  • Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    CCMI/220-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    (France
    Plenary session number
    587
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    The EC Communication with title "Towards a more resilient, competitive and sustainable Europe" summarises what has been achieved to promote and build a more resilient, competitive and sustainable economy, protect EU citizens and guarantee their well-being.

    In its opinion, the EESC wishes to put forward its views on the Communication, adopted in connection with the Granada summit, so that its position can be taken into account during preparations for the next European legislative mandate. Given the range of issues addressed in the Communication, the opinion is focussing on four key sectors for the future of European strategic autonomy: the energy sector, the digital sector, the defence sector and the space sector. In its opinion, the EESC makes concrete proposals to highlight the need for a European economic and political power.

  • Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 30/11/2023
    Reference
    REX/582-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    588
    -

    Visa-free travel brings significant benefits for the EU and partners around the globe. It makes travel more convenient and is an important tool to promote people-to-people contacts, tourism, economic development and cultural exchange. The EU currently has a visa-free regime in place with 60 third countries. Under this regime, nationals from these countries can enter the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. The EU’s visa-free policy is based on the principle of visa reciprocity.

    The number of travellers between the EU and visa-free non-EU countries in 2019 was 364.8 million. This represents a 7% increase from 2018.

    At the same time, the Commission’s monitoring of the EU’s visa-free regimes, including its reports under the Visa Suspension Mechanism, has shown that visa-free travel can also be the source of significant migration and security challenges.

  • Ongoing (updated on 18/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 18/01/2024
    Reference
    TEN/832-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Hungary
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    591
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  • Ongoing (updated on 17/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    SOC/786-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Employers - GR I
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    587
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 17/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 24/10/2023
    Reference
    SOC/784-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    587
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 17/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    SOC/773-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Germany
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    587
    -
  • Ongoing (updated on 17/04/2024)
    Reference
    ECO/637-EESC
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Plenary session number
    587
    -

    Already in 2018 the European Commission has proposed a Regulation on a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context for the programming period 2021-2027. At the time, the EESC has adopted its opinion on 19 September 2018, and the European Parliament adopted its first-reading position on the proposal in February 2019. However, the Council's working party on structural measures decided to cease work on the proposal in May 2021. In October 2022, to break the impasse and take the lead on this issue, the EP's Committee on Regional Development started drawing up a legislative-initiative report, calling on the Commission to present a new legislative proposal. The EP voted the report at its September 2023 plenary session.

  • Ongoing (updated on 17/04/2024) - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2024
    Reference
    ECO/648-EESC
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    Plenary session number
    591
    -