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Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
INT/871-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The opinion examines the possible introduction of a new concept into EU law: "low-profit". This concept would define all organisations that are likely to make a profit but that do not intend to distribute it to their owners or shareholders, as they have a different purpose.

EESC opinion: Towards an appropriate European legal framework for social economy enterprises (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
SOC/627-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Commission's Communication on Further Strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. It regrets that the short reflection period has not allowed for deeper consultation. The EESC recalls the essential watchdog role played by the civil society, which should be further supported. It reiterates its support for an EU mechanism to monitor rule of law and fundamental rights and proposes to establish an EU stakeholders Forum to debate solutions. The EESC also calls on the Commission to adopt a Strategy on communication, education and citizen awareness concerning these key issues.

EESC opinion: Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of play and possible next steps (Communication)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/489-EESC-2019-2019-00073-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC notes that the international role of the euro has not yet recovered to the pre-financial crisis level. Whereas the European Commission's proposed measures are welcome and deemed necessary by the EESC, they may not go far enough given the extent of the euro area's social and economic challenges. Social cohesion, economic upward convergence and the promotion of competitiveness and innovation should be the basis on which the euro area's economy gathers pace and supports a stronger international role for the euro.

EESC opinion: Towards a stronger international role of the euro

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/486-EESC-2019-2019-00069-00-00
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe for its contribution to the promotion of investment in the EU. The Committee calls for clearly set investment targets, regulatory simplification and further guidance in order to achieve greater geographical and sectoral balance. The EESC advocates for strengthened financial capacity for the InvestEU programme within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for more efforts to raise awareness among European businesses and citizens about the benefits obtained from the Investment Plan for Europe.

EESC opinion: Investment Plan for Europe: stock-taking and next steps

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. While the document does not contain any new policy proposals, it provides the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policy and frames what the EU considers as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

EESC opinion: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
SOC/625-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

In a context where the European Commission proposed the reiteration of the 2018 Employment guidelines, the EESC opinion refers to and builds on the findings and recommendations it made in its 2018 opinion. Furthermore, it develops some additional aspects in view of recent developments and documents of the European Commission – such as the 2019 country reports. Thank you for clicking on the title of the opinion to read some more on the opinion's content!

EESC opinion: Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States

Adopted on 19/06/2019
Reference: 
ECO/479-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

The aim of this proposal is to better explore how project-oriented policies and smart specialization strategies can be directed towards development of transnational networks involving local authorities, SME's and research institutions. These partnerships are essential for the realization of transantional projects, with the EU funding, eventually under the umbrella of the EU macro-regional strategies.

EESC opinion: Economic convergence and competitiveness within macro-regions-transnational clusters (Exploratory opinion at the request of the Romanian Presidency)

Adopted on 15/05/2019
Reference: 
INT/877-EESC-2018-05386-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

The EESC welcomes the coordinated plan and calls for urgency in its implementation. To succeed in global competition, the EU must be at the forefront in innovation and investment, following the principle of "human in command" and trustworthiness of AI.

EESC opinion: Coordinated Plan on the development of Artificial Intelligence in Europe

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