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Adopted on 17/01/2018
Reference: 
TEN/641-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
531 -
Jan 17, 2018 Jan 18, 2018

The EESC opinion on the Commission package "Aviation: Open and Connected Europe" welcomes the European Commission's proposals as a step towards implementing the "Aviation Strategy for Europe" from December 2015. This is of key importance in light of multiple challenges faced by the stakeholders of the aviation sector, including the development of markets in multiple directions, growing pressure on people and companies, increasing competition inside and outside the EU, and new disruptive technologies and digitalisation. The package "Aviation: Open and Connected Europe" – with its one legislative and three non-legislative proposals – addresses some of these challenges.

EESC opinion: Aviation: Open and Connected Europe

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
TEN/677-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the fact that the European Commission has established a Digital Europe programme, which underscores the intention to make Europe a leading player in digitalisation and to increase its economic strength and competitiveness on the world stage. The aim of the Digital Europe programme is to enable a digital single market and to shape the digital transformation in a positive way for all citizens of Europe.

EESC opinion: Digital Europe programme

Adopted on 23/02/2017
Reference: 
TEN/609-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
523 -
Feb 22, 2017 Feb 23, 2017

The EESC endorses the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility (the strategy), including its aims and methods, and its holistic approach, which provides coherence between transport and other policy areas. It would have liked this approach to be further developed in terms of the links between the strategy and the communication on the upgrading of the internal market. This also applies with regard to the prospects of the digital economy and the development of a sharing economy and a circular economy. It underscores the potential effects of these developments on transport patterns, and draws attention to their social implications.

EESC opinion: Decarbonisation of transport

Adopted on 26/05/2016
Reference: 
TEN/582-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

The EESC welcomes the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and of the intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) of the EU and its Member States, committing to a reduction in domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 40% by 2030 and by 80 to 95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

The objective of reducing transport-related GHG emissions by 60% can therefore still be considered to be relevant and in line with the EU's general objective under COP 21, provided the associated actions and initiatives are implemented urgently, with the necessary determination and as soon as possible.

EESC opinion: The impact of the conclusions of COP21 on European transport policy

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