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Adopted on 18/10/2017
Reference: 
SC/48-EESC-2017-01690-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
529 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This Committee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, has taken stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

EESC opinion: New sustainable economic models

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Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

Adopted on 15/06/2017
Reference: 
NAT/707-EESC-2017

RoHS 2 addresses the waste hierarchy’s highest priority, waste prevention. Waste prevention includes measures that reduce the content of harmful substances in materials and products. Decreasing the amount of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic waste benefits the management of such waste as a result.

EESC opinion: Restrictions on hazardous substances (RoHS)

Adopted on 17/10/2013
Reference: 
CCMI/112-EESC-2013-1904

Planned obsolescence is associated with a form of industrial production that relies on a minimum renewal rate for its products. Although product renewal is necessary, certain abuses need to be addressed. The EESC would like to see a total ban on products with built-in defects designed to end the product's life.

Towards more sustainable consumption: industrial product lifetimes and restoring trust through consumer information

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Infopack CCMI/112

Adopted on 11/12/2014
Reference: 
NAT/651-EESC-2014-05002-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
503 -
Dec 10, 2014 Dec 11, 2014

The Committee welcomes the two communications and the package of amendments to the waste directives and supports the campaign to make all businesses and consumers aware of the need to phase out the current linear economic model of "take, make, consume and dispose" .

Adopted on 11/12/2014
Reference: 
NAT/652-EESC-2014-05003-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
503 -
Dec 10, 2014 Nov 11, 2014

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the prospect of a European circular economy should bring a major boost to the systemic competitiveness of the EU, a driver for growth and a generator of new green jobs and skills.

EESC opinion: The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs

Adopted on 27/04/2016
Reference: 
NAT/676-EESC-2016-00042-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
516 -
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 28, 2016

The EESC fully backs the objective of switching to a greener, resource-efficient and circular economy. It is happy to see that the Commission has come forward with a broader set of proposals covering all the stages of the product lifecycle compared to the previous circular economy package; however, it raises concern over the lower level of ambition, which is likely to lead to lower economic and environmental benefits.

EESC opinion: Circular Economy Package

Adopted on 15/12/2016
Reference: 
INT/784-EESC-2016-00975-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

In this opinion, the EESC calls for society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity. In order to cope with the fundamental shift to a new economic model with major systemic consequences in many areas, it is recommended that a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments.

EESC opinion: The functional economy

Adopted on 19/09/2018
Reference: 
INT/853-EESC-2018-02126-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

The EESC agrees with the European Commission about the need to modernise and simplify EU consumer policy and considers that the new legislative package contributes to bridging the gap created by the exponential growth of e-commerce, undermining consumer confidence and causing distortions to the single market.

EESC opinion: A New Deal for Consumers

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