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Ongoing (updated on 05/05/2020)
Reference: 
INT/903-EESC
Own-initiative opinion postponed to the autumn

The purpose of the opinion is to examine the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion will aim at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Ongoing (updated on 05/05/2020)
Reference: 
SOC/632-EESC-2020
Ongoing (updated on 25/04/2020)
Reference: 
NAT/784-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
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Jul 15, 2020 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.

Information memo: European Climate Law

Ongoing (updated on 24/04/2020)
Reference: 
REX/531-EESC
Plenary session: 
554 -
Jul 15, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

The main questions to be addressed in the opinion are: what are the components of carbon markets, what are the challenges for the future and, finally, the challenges for EU industry? The opinion is expected to make a significant contribution to the current political debate within the framework of the European Green Deal.

Ongoing (updated on 22/04/2020)
Reference: 
INT/901-EESC-2020

The partial paradigm shift inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has already impacted economies, businesses and consumers. The time has come to scale up, using the common sustainable practices already being implemented as a basis for taking these sustainable practices to the next level.

Information memo: SDGs in new economic models

Ongoing (updated on 22/04/2020)
Reference: 
INT/894-EESC-2020
Plenary session: 
553 -
Jul 15, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

In its White Paper on AI the Commission makes proposals to promote the development of AI in Europe while guaranteeing respect of fundamental rights. AI is growing fast, which is why Europe must maintain and increase its level of investment. At the same time, AI presents potential risks that need to be addressed. The White Paper identifies options for maximizing the benefits of AI and solving the problems it poses, and invites stakeholders to comment on these options.

Information memo: White Paper on Artificial Intelligence

Ongoing (updated on 22/04/2020)
Reference: 
INT/823-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

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)

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