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Ongoing (updated on 26/03/2020)
Reference: 
NAT/780-EESC-2019
Plenary session: 
551 -
Apr 29, 2020 Apr 30, 2020

The new CAP comes with significant changes. Transitional rules are needed to ensure a smooth transition from the current to the next CAP period.

EESC section opinion: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) in the year 2021

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/873-EESC-2018-04953-00-00-AC-TRA

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

EESC opinion: Action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

Adopted on 11/07/2018
Reference: 
NAT/719-EESC-2018-1688

Persistent organic pollutants ("POPs") are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk to human health and the environment.

The aim of this proposal for a regulation is that the Commission has identified needs to update and recast the existing regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants that dates back to 2004.

EESC opinion: Recast of Regulation 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Adopted on 06/12/2017
Reference: 
NAT/717-EESC-2017-03013-00-00-AC-TRA

This EESC opinion intends to look deeper into the merits and the consequences of the Commission's Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.

The Commission has developed an action plan to improve the implementation of the Nature Directives, their coherence with socio-economic objectives and engagement with national, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and citizens.

 

 

EESC opinion: Action Plan for nature, people and the economy (communication)

Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
NAT/698-EESC-2016-06759

This opinion considers the root causes, the negative impact on rural areas and highlights best initiatives to re-energise communities through the RDP and other support measures.

EESC opinion: Villages and small towns as catalysts for rural development – challenges and opportunities (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 05/07/2017
Reference: 
NAT/709-EESC-2017

Rural development is a horizontal issue that affects practically all policy areas.

The EESC welcomes the Cork 2.0 Declaration that offers strong ongoing support for a rural policy at EU level. The EESC sees itself as a natural partner when it comes to implementing the declaration, and requests that the Commission continue producing progress reports on said implementation.

Rural regions in the EU are not homogeneous and situations vary between and within Member States. These differences mean there is a need for focus and a strategic approach when using available EU funds. This must be based most importantly on initiatives from those living in rural areas.

EESC opinion: From Cork 2.0 Declaration to concrete actions (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 29/03/2017
Reference: 
NAT/701-EESC-2017

The EESC opinion  provides input to the Commission's proposal for a Regulation on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks.

EESC opinion: Spirit drinks

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