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Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
SOC/611-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The objective of the opinion, requested by the Romanian Presidency, is to explore which measures and initiatives should be taken at EU and national level in order to promote organised philanthropy and eliminate barriers within the internal market that are hindering the realisation of its full potential, so as to maximize its contribution to EU values, such as cohesion, social justice and European Policies, and to the competitiveness of the European economy.
The opinion is expected to feed into the Romanian presidency programme and into the political priorities for the new Commission.

Information memo: European Philanthropy: an untapped potential

Ongoing (updated on 21/01/2019)
Reference: 
CCMI/165-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

According to Eurostat forecasts (2015), over the coming decades, Europe’s population will grow slowly from 507 million people in 2013 to 526 million in 2035. This will be accompanied by substantial ageing: the section of the population aged 65+ should increase from 18% to 28%. And by 2060 the 65+ age group will number 149 million.

Information memo: Economic, technological and social changes in advanced health services for the elderly (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/162-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EU’s geopolitical context has changed dramatically in the last decade. The situation in its neighbouring regions is unstable and it faces a complex and challenging environment in which new threats, such as hybrid and cyber-attacks, are emerging, and more conventional challenges are returning.

EU citizens and their political leaders agree that the EU should collectively take more responsibility for its security. In the joint declaration of 25 March 2017 in Rome, leaders of 27 Member States and the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission stated the Union will strengthen its common security and defence and foster a more competitive and integrated defence industry.

EESC opinion: European Defence Fund

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/164-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The proposal for a Regulation (COM(2018) 366) is based on Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union: the EU pursues the goal "to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples", the EU "shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe's cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced". But there is a clear perception that the number of challenges to face is larger, in particular the competition from online platforms and search engines, the concentration of the sector around a limited number of big players, or the rise of "disinformation". With this new programme, the EU Commission wants to offer opportunities for operators to develop technologically and artistically innovative European trans-border initiatives to exchange, co-create, co-produce, and distribute European works. The purpose is also to strengthen the position of EU actors in the EU and global markets.

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/158-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The aeronautical industry is one of the EU's key high-tech sectors in the global market. The industry directly employs 500 000 people in high quality jobs (1 million adding indirect jobs) and consists of an ecosystem of large and small companies covering the entire spectrum of aeronautics. (Source: ASD Facts and Figures)

The EU aeronautical industry is a technological leader in its field and currently has a market share of about one third of the global market. The industry provides a positive contribution to the EU trade balance (EUR 46 billion in EU exports). (Source: ASD Facts and Figures)

This leadership should not be taken for granted since the industry faces many challenges.

EESC opinion: Future challenges and industrial change facing the EU Aerospace Sector (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/160-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The bioeconomy encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. This includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, pulp and paper production, as well as parts of chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. For the purpose of this opinion, research on genomes, cell processes and bioinformatics is not specifically considered.

EESC opinion: Sustainable inclusive bio-economy - new opportunities for European economy (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 14/02/2018
Reference: 
CCMI/153-EESC-2017-02848-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
532 -
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 15, 2018

The European institutions should foster economic performance, innovation, digitalisation and effective public procurement, while facilitating cross-border trade in medical devices and industrial products.

An EU industrial policy must build upon shared national and EU competences in the framework of Article 168 TFEU. In the same vein, EU innovation policies should be supportive. EU funding – Horizon 2020- and other - must be duly coordinated and dovetailed with national programmes.

EESC opinion: Industrial changes in the health sector (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/607-EESC-2018-04848-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC supports the proposal to provide the Agency with its own permanent operational arm made up of 10 000 staff, while it recommends that cooperation between the Agency and the national administrations be defined and organised at European level in a clear and transparent manner.

Given the role which would be played by the Agency in the event of detention of individuals and their potential return to their countries of origin, the Committee recommends that statutory staff are given training modules on respect for fundamental rights.

The Committee calls for the EESC to be part of the Consultative Forum.

EESC opinion: European Border and Coast Guard

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
SOC/609-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, while calling for the indeterminate legal concepts such as "terrorist information, terrorist acts, terrorist groups or advocacy of terrorism" to be defined as precisely as possible. The EESC highlights the need to assess the effects of the application of this proposal on SMEs, as well as to consider transition arrangements facilitating their adaptation and a level playing field.

EESC opinion: Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

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