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Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
REX/517-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

EESC opinion: The role of the EU's trade and investment policies in enhancing the EU's economic performance (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
SOC/618-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC echoes the European Parliament's call to phase out all investor schemes and recommends that until then certain mitigation measures are put in place. Member States should be urged to apply a due diligence process without specific duration restrictions and adapted to the high-risk profile of applicants. A coordination mechanism should allow Member States to exchange information on successful and rejected applications for citizenship and residence permits. All agents and intermediaries providing services to applicants should be subject to anti-money-laundering rules as set out in the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The EU should encourage all agents providing services to applicants to be accredited and subject to a code of conduct. Authorities should maintain primary responsibility for accepting or rejecting applicants. Authorities must also maintain a set of measures to avoid conflicts of interest or bribery risks.

EESC opinion: Investor Citizenship and Residence Schemes in the European Union

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
ECO/498-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

This additional opinion complements and updates the proposals made in the yearly EESC AGS opinion. The EESC welcomes country-specific recommendations focus on investment and underlines that special attention must be paid to productive investments and investment in social infrastructure to prioritise sustainable growth. Next year's cycle should contain more CSRs to combat the existential threat of climate change. Investment would also be needed to enable the implementation of the social pillar to prevent an increase of social, economic, and environmental inequality. Taxation should favour this type of investment.

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2019 (additional opinion)

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
INT/889-EESC-2019-04496-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) was created in 2008 by Regulation (EC) No 294/2008. Its mission is to respond to major societal challenges by improving the EU's innovation capabilities and performance. Every seven years, the Commission has to submit a proposal for a Strategic Innovation Programme (SIP) which sets out the priority areas and the long-term strategy for the EIT's action, as well as its financial needs.

EESC opinion: Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 2021-2027

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
INT/885-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Blockchain technology contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), empowers citizens, boosts entrepreneurship and innovation, improves mobility and cross-border opportunities for businesses while enhancing transparency for consumers. However, several challenges still remain to be addressed, in particular the urgent matter of providing legal clarity and certainty and protecting privacy.

EESC opinion: Blockchain and the EU Single Market: what next? (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
CCMI/169-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Digitalisation is on everyone’s lips, often spoken of as an irresistible force for change. We are told that in its scale, speed and complexity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is unlike anything humankind has experienced before. These changes are transforming the nature of work and the individual behaviour of users in Europe without regard for the role and place of the human factor.

EESC opinion: Ensure inclusive sectoral transition to a digitalised rail industry (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
ECO/496-EESC-2019-02530
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The EESC supports the Commission's aim of ensuring equal treatment, for VAT purposes, for armed forces of Member States working together within an EU framework and NATO armed forces employed in the EU, which already benefit from VAT exemption. The Committee suggests that different national tax authorities should have one system under which the new exemptions are implemented.

EESC opinion: VAT and excise duty exemption for defence efforts

Adopted on 30/10/2019
Reference: 
SC/53-EESC-2019-02446
Plenary session: 
547 -
Oct 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019

The proposed opinion will look at new approaches to more fairly distributing the burden of transformation towards a sustainable Europe.

EESC opinion: Leaving no one behind when implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (own-initiative opinion)

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