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Adopted on 26/01/2017
Reference: 
TEN/611-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
522 -
Jan 25, 2017 Jan 26, 2017
  • The EESC welcomes the Communication from the Commission confirming the importance of Internet connectivity for the Digital Single Market and the need for Europe to deploy now the networks for its digital future.
  • The EESC notes that the Strategic Objectives for 2025 are ambitious but realistic, although they are largely dependent on national funding (private and public). There is a particular need for public investments to cover all remotes areas and guarantee minimum digital access for the vulnerable members of our society.
  • The EESC agrees with the proposal to introduce a voucher system for small communities and SMEs and supports the free "WIFI4EU" initiative for all Europeans in public places, public administrations, libraries and hospitals as well as outdoor spaces even. It recommends following eIDAS digital identity, which offers guarantees for data protection and public security against.

EESC opinion: European Gigabit Society

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Reference: 
INT/873-EESC-2018-04953-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

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 25/04/2012
Reference: 
NAT/520-EESC-2012-1050
Plenary session: 
480 -
Apr 25, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

The European Economic and Social Committee greets the Commission's legislative proposals with interest, and notes that some – although far from all – recommendations made in its past opinions have been taken into account. Most importantly, the Committee has repeatedly stated that the future CAP must be driven by a determination to defend the European agricultural model, which is based on the principles of food sovereignty, sustainability and responsiveness to the real needs of farmers and consumers.

The EESC repeats that the European agricultural model cannot operate at world market prices and conditions and does not come free of charge. Any policy that promotes this agricultural model thus requires sufficient financial resources. However, in the current proposals concerning the Union budget for the 2014-2020 period, the resources earmarked for the CAP would be clearly reduced in constant price terms.

EESC Opinion: CAP towards 2020

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The EESC and the CAP Reform - Article

Summary (EESC Opinion: CAP towards 2020)

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