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Adopted on 11/07/2018
Reference: 
TEN/661-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
536 -
Jul 11, 2018 Jul 12, 2018

Transport is a vital enabler of several SDGs. It contributes strongly to the SDGs regarding economic development, industry and SMEs, as well as trade and investment. Consequently, it also helps achieve the SDGs that aim to promote employment and well-being, and to reduce inequalities and exclusion. Meanwhile, transport presents many challenges with respect to the SDGs, such as the need to reduce climate and environmental impacts, to improve transport systems and traffic safety, and to manage concerns related to jobs and decent work.

The EESC calls on the Commission to prepare a new, integrated policy framework for the next generation of transport policy. Moreover, it calls on the Commission to assess the SDG indicators from the transport point of view and to enhance the development of indicators that are relevant, give a realistic and informative picture of developments, and are in line with the integrated approach.

EESC opinion: Role of transport in realising the sustainable development goals, and consequent implications for EU policy-making (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 19/04/2018
Reference: 
TEN/657-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
534 - Apr 19, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee welcomes the opportunity to provide an opinion on the Third report on State of the Energy Union by the European Commission, as it did before for the first and second reports. As expressed in previous opinions, the EESC strongly supports the idea of a European Energy Union and would like to stress that the Energy Union is not only relevant to sectoral policies such as energy, transport and climate but offers opportunities to make Europe more democratic, more cohesive, more competitive, and more just.

EESC opinion: Third report on the State of the Energy Union

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
TEN/668-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

EESC opinion: European Maritime Single Window environment + Electronic freight transport information

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
TEN/678-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the proposal for a regulation for the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) research and training programme 2021-2025.

The EESC considers the EURATOM budget to be proportionate to the objectives set and considers it essential to maintain this financial allocation regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The Committee also considers it crucial in this respect to manage the United Kingdom's exit from the Euratom programme with the utmost care, particularly with regard to research already in progress, shared infrastructure and the social impact on staff  (e.g. working conditions) both on British soil and elsewhere.

EESC opinion: Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Adopted on 20/02/2019
Reference: 
TEN/679-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

Digitalisation offers a wealth of new possibilities allowing people to make choices for a better life in an unprecedented way. On the other hand, the more digitalisation dominates our life, the more we can also be manipulated.  The EESC calls for transparent rules to be developed, adapted and applied to these rapidly evolving technologies. Good persuasive technology should involve training, not manipulation, and comply with the principle of people's free choice, to guarantee human autonomy.

EESC opinion: The digital revolution in view of citizens' needs and rights (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 20/02/2019
Reference: 
TEN/688-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC underlined repeatedly that international aviation can only assume its role as an enabler for economic growth sustainably, if highest levels of safety are maintained. Prerequisites for safety are uniform standards which are implemented by all stakeholders and monitored by empowered agencies. Brexit may jeopardise such standards and uniform application in Europe in the field of aviation safety, because the pertinent EU regulations could no longer apply to UK aviation stakeholders as of March 2019.

EESC opinion: Aviation safety after Brexit

Adopted on 20/02/2019
Reference: 
TEN/689-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

In an – increasingly probable – "no Withdrawal Agreement" scenario, the legislation of the EU, in particular Regulation 1008/2008, would cease to apply for air services between the UK and the EU. This creates legal uncertainty, jeopardises planning stability and endangers continued connectivity for services between the UK and the EU. The EESC supports the thrust of the proposed Regulation as a contingency measure to secure basic air connectivity.

EESC opinion: Ensuring basic air connectivity after Brexit

Adopted on 20/02/2019
Reference: 
TEN/690-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's steps to ensure basic international HVG freight transport connectivity on a temporary basis between the Union and the United Kingdom.

The EESC welcomes the fact that the proposal for a regulation under examination grants UK road haulage operators the right, until 31/12/2019, to move freely within Union territory, in compliance with the common EU rules on access to the international haulage market, and provided that Union carriers can also move freely on UK territory under fair, equal and non-discriminatory conditions of competition.

EESC opinion: Ensuring basic road freight connectivity after Brexit

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