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Adopted on 23/01/2019
Reference: 
TEN/684-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
540 -
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Commission's initiative, considering it an important step in developing an industrial strategy for cybersecurity and a strategic move to achieve robust and comprehensive digital autonomy. These aspects are essential for strengthening Europe's defence mechanisms against the ongoing cyberwarfare that threatens to undermine its political, economic and social systems.

EESC opinion: European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
TEN/681-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC endorses the Commission's proposal and highlights the suggestions for future support put forward in the opinion.

The EESC does not suggest amending the proposal, but instead calls for closer monitoring of activities in areas raised in the opinion, particularly a sustainable development oriented approach in the choice of energy sources; proper consideration of the specific situation in Lithuania in particular, as well as in other countries concerned with regard to socio-economic aspects; dissemination throughout the EU of knowledge acquired in the area of dismantling and on the issue of training workers; safe and sustainable management of nuclear waste generated; and strengthening of performance indicators by including performance in relation to protecting workers from radiation.

EESC opinion: MFF and nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
TEN/680-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The EESC notes that achieving clean energy is a high priority and to this end fusion energy is recognised as a potential long-term solution with Europe being at the forefront of developing fusion technologies which are carbon-free, sustainable and help secure our mix of energy supplies.

The EESC emphasises that the high level of long-term investment needed for the development of a fusion power plant does still entail some industrial risk, but in the event of success the realisation of a fusion power plant would be a newly introduced factor that would significantly change the existing energy supply by providing a disruptive innovation, with fusion fuel being abundant and virtually inexhaustible.

Ongoing (updated on 02/05/2019)
Reference: 
REX/516-EESC-2019

When it comes to development and EU-Africa relations, the EESC consistently emphasised the importance of sustainable development and cooperation based on the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Initiatives focused on trade, investment and business relations with Africa could be welcomed, but not to the detriment of traditional development policies focusing on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EU and Africa leaders agreed in 2015 at the Valletta summit on migration on setting up the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), as the main instrument of EU external migration policy. The Fund finances the development of border protection capacities, but also long-term development policy projects so as to decrease the likelihood of further migration.

Information memo: External aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration, with a special focus on Africa (own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 02/05/2019)
Reference: 
INT/880-EESC-2019

Blockchain can be compared to a huge public and anonymous book, to which each and everyone can contribute freely. Social Economy and blockchain have the concept of cooperation in common. The opinion will try to explore how blockchain could serve as a tool for Social Economy, how it could build an infrastructure which would allow  for this economic model to reinforce its societal impact and therefore  contribute to a better world by focusing on values like fairness, cooperation and solidarity.

Information memo: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy (Own-initiative opinion)

Ongoing (updated on 30/04/2019)
Reference: 
INT/886-EESC-2019-01847
Plenary session: 
546 -
Sep 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

The Juncker Commission came into office with a commitment to focus on delivering the initiatives needed to support its political priorities and address the issues that really matter to people in the EU. In May 2015, the Commission published an extensive package of new measures to improve and strengthen its better regulation policy in four areas where progress was considered necessary: a) opening up policymaking; b) utilising better tools for better policies; c) keeping the existing stock of legislation fit for purpose; d) Advancing a common agenda with other EU institutions and Member States.

 

Information memo: Better Regulation stocktaking (Communication)

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