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Ongoing (updated on 19/03/2019)
Reference: 
INT/882-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
545 -
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 18, 2019

For the transition from to take-make-use linear economic model to the circular economy to succeed for all Europe's citizens, a shift in consumption patterns is a key element. It should be ensured that adaptation to the transition from the linear economic model to the circular economy within the single market is successful for all citizens, hand in hand with financial inclusion and social cohesion, in a Europe where no-one lags behind. This requires a safeguard of high-level consumer protection, with a change in consumption patterns.

Information memo: The role of consumers in the Circular Economy (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 14/02/2018
Reference: 
REX/500-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
532 -
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 15, 2018

The EESC has played an important role in raising awareness of EU trade policy among civil society both in the EU and in third countries. The EESC encourages the Commission to strengthen its dialogue with civil society to develop the functioning of TSD chapters in current and future trade agreements. However, the EESC urges the Commission to be more ambitious in its approach, in particular with respect to strengthening effective enforceability of the commitments in TSD chapters, which is of crucial importance to the EESC. TSD chapters must be given equal weight to those covering commercial, technical or tariff issues.

EESC opinion: Trade and sustainable development chapters in EU Free Trade agreements

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
REX/487-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The EESC is a strong advocate of a fair, well-administered and sustainable development policy at EU level. It is also very committed to the cause of greater tax justice. In recent years, questions have been raised as to whether the international tax policies of the Member States, in particular the concluding of certain types of double taxation agreements, are consistent with EU development policy objectives.

EESC opinion: EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
REX/494-EESC-2017-03365-00-00-ac
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

The opinion stresses that the EU has a responsibility to become a global actor in promoting respect for fundamental rights and adequate protection of private life and personal data and encourages the European Commission to be pro-active at bilateral and multilateral level in promoting the highest standard of personal data protection.

In this sense, the EESC finds well-balanced and reasonable the four key criteria outlined in the Communication to be taken into account by the Commission when assessing the countries with which a dialogue on adequacy should be pursued. However, it finds important to interpret these criteria in the light of a real commitment on the part of the governments, parliaments, and courts in these countries to reach an equivalent and functional level of personal data protection and calls for more transparency and civil society participation in the process of granting adequacy decisions.

 

EESC opinion: Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a globalised World

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/161-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The opinion pleads for an holistic approach to reconcile growth, climate, environmental challenges and societal problems in a fair transition design.

It underlines that Europe's renaissance ( rEUnaissance) means a fully fledged master plan for European industry, mainstreaming industrial policy across all EU policies, enabling industry to transform and generating industrial added value through creativity and smart design, social innovation and fostering new sustainable and inclusive industrial models.

EESC opinion: Strategic developments in industrial policy by 2030

Adopted on 08/02/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/157-EESC-2017

As a key driver of productivity and innovation, industry has always been a cornerstone of economic prosperity in Europe. We can rely on a strong industrial base, but important efforts are needed by Member States, EU institutions and most importantly industry itself to maintain and reinforce Europe's industrial leadership in the age of globalisation, sustainability challenges and rapid technological change.

Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry (referral)

Adopted on 17/01/2018
Reference: 
INT/833-EESC-2017-04732-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
531 -
Jan 17, 2018 Jan 18, 2018

The Bulgarian Presidency invited the EESC to draw up an exploratory opinion aimed at identifying a global approach to EU industrial policy that takes into account the need to improve the business environment and to support the competitiveness of industry.

EESC opinion: A Comprehensive approach to industrial policy

Adopted on 17/01/2018
Reference: 
INT/832-EESC-2017-04540-00-00-AC-TRA

The Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU has requested the EESC to prepare an exploratory opinion on how to best promote SMEs in Europe with a special focus on a horizontal legislative SME approach and respect of the SBA's "think small first".

 

Adopted on 06/07/2017
Reference: 
INT/787-EESC-2016-EESC-2016-03121-00-00-AC
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

 

In its Opinion, the EESC draws attention to significant inefficiencies still existing in both the formulation and implementation of SME policies, warns against a bureaucratic approach still prevalent in EU policies and calls for a visible, coordinated and consistent horizontal policy for SMEs, based on a multiannual action plan. The EESC also proposes that the Commission assess whether the current definition of SMEs corresponds to their heterogeneity, sectoral dynamics, specific features and diversity during the last decade.

EESC opinion: Effectiveness of policies for SMEs

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