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Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/467-EESC-2018-02767-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the Commission's Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, aimed at reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, and welcomes the legislative proposals stemming from it, on fiduciary duties, a taxonomy and benchmarks. The proposed gradual approach for its implementation, beginning with the work on a European sustainability taxonomy, is preferable. However, a subsequent extension of the initial taxonomy, based on environmental aspects, to social sustainability and governance goals will be necessary. Attention should be paid to the feasibility and proportionality of legal obligations.

 

EESC opinion: Sustainable Finance: Taxonomy and Benchmarks

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/456-EESC-2018-01695-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC supports the Commission's Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, aimed at reorienting capital flows towards sustainable investment, and welcomes the legislative proposals stemming from it, on fiduciary duties, a taxonomy and benchmarks. The proposed gradual approach for its implementation, beginning with the work on a European sustainability taxonomy, is preferable. However, a subsequent extension of the initial taxonomy, based on environmental aspects, to social sustainability and governance goals will be necessary. Attention should be paid to the feasibility and proportionality of legal obligations.

EESC opinion: Action Plan on Sustainable Finance (communication)

Adopted on 21/03/2018
Reference: 
SOC/576-EESC-2018

Skills mismatches are one of the biggest challenges that currently jeopardises European growth and sustainable job creation. Future prospects are even more challenging. With the rapid, even revolutionary change of technologies, business models as well as customer expectations, the nature of work is often changing in an unprecedented and almost unpredictable manner. This has brought to light the growing gap between the needs of the businesses and the qualifications, skills and competences of the human resources. Current developments also underline the growing importance of soft and transversal as well as other skills often gained through informal learning. This challenges the current education systems to adapt and also raises issues linked to recognition and validation of the informal education and training.

Information memo: Supportive education systems to avoid skills mismatches

Ongoing (updated on 25/03/2019)
Reference: 
TEN/687-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC takes careful note of the initiative's definition of disinformation as verifiably false or misleading information that is a threat to democracy and does public harm. Spreading disinformation has become a part of a hybrid war with a clear political aim. However, it also emphasises that, in addition to false information, highly selective information, defamation, scare-mongering and inciting hatred attack citizens' fundamental rights (freedoms) and minority rights.

Multiple actions from all stakeholders are needed to provide quality information and raise awareness. To this end, the EESC welcomes the initiative for coordinated action to protect the EU, its institutions and its citizens against disinformation. The EESC emphasises the urgency of such measures but is also concerned, however, that the impact of this action plan might be limited given that the May 2019 European elections are not far off.

EESC opinion: Action Plan against Disinformation

Adopted on 14/12/2016
Reference: 
NAT/696-EESC-EESC-2016-04477-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

EESC opinion: Effort-sharing 2030 and land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Reference: 
NAT/739-EESC-2018-02466
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The future Austrian Presidency of the Council has requested the EESC to draw up an exploratory opinion on the Bioeconomy, and how it can contribute to achieving the EU's climate, energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals.

EESC opinion: Bioeconomy – contributing to achieving the EU's climate and energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals (exploratory opinion requested by the Austrian Presidency)

Adopted on 22/04/2015
Reference: 
NAT/655-EESC-2014-06932-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
507 -
Apr 22, 2015 Apr 23, 2015

The Committee has received a request for an exploratory opinion from the incoming Latvian Presidency, which recommended to look at the following aspects in regard to the agricultural and forestry sectors: rural development, social aspects, regional contribution and the potential in achieving objectives and the "self-sufficiency" of the EU in the fields of food and renewable energy. A holistic assessment and approach is required in order to facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions without hampering the sustainable development and competitiveness of the EU.

EESC opinion: Implications of climate and energy policy on agricultural and forestry sectors

Adopted on 10/07/2014
Reference: 
NAT/624-EESC-2013-7444
Plenary session: 
500 -
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

 

 

The EESC welcomes the new EU Forest Strategy. Against the backdrop of growing demands on and threats to forests, as well as many EU sectoral policies and associated rules affecting forestry and forests, the new strategy is sorely needed. The EESC therefore urges both the Commission and the Member States to ensure that the strategy is effectively and efficiently implemented.

 

Ongoing (updated on 23/03/2019)
Reference: 
ECO/494-EESC-2019

Information memo: Taxation/private investment and the Sustainable Development Goals - cooperation with the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 20/03/2019
Reference: 
INT/878-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The key to maximising the positive impact of standardisation is to develop synergies inside the European standardisation system, taking into account also the international dimension and the inclusiveness of standardisation.

EESC opinion: The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2019 (Communication)

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