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Adopted on 23/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/623-EESC-2012-1294
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal but highlights the fact that it can only be one component of dedicated financial instruments for social businesses. The Committee reminds the Commission that some elements of the proposal have to be clarified in order to allow such funds to be successful, both for the financial community and for the final beneficiaries.

EESC opinion: European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

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 06/07/2017
Reference: 
TEN/605-EESC-2016
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

EESC opinion: Application of State aid rules for compensating the provision of services of general economic interest (Decision 2012/21/UE and Community Framework)

Adopted on 10/07/2013
Reference: 
INT/699-EESC-2013-4263
Plenary session: 
491 -
Jul 10, 2013 Jul 11, 2013

This exploratory opinion, requested by the Lithuanian presidency, sheds light on the specific contribution that State-owned enterprises can make to the EU's competitiveness. It pinpoints the specific challenges that exist in this area for EU policy and the European institutions. As part of its consideration of the way in which public undertakings could contribute more to the EU's economic recovery and competitiveness, the Committee has addressed the issue of Europe's Services of General Economic Interest in a number of opinions. The EESC also raises the question of the economic activities of the EU's executive agencies, wondering if they are truly independent, while their tasks and responsibilities lead them to be directly involved in socio-economic activities.

EESC opinion: Economic potential of EU - State-owned enterprises

Adopted on 31/05/2017
Reference: 
INT/815-EESC-2017-729
Plenary session: 
526 -
May 31, 2017 Jun 01, 2017

The proposed measures of the services package aim to make it easier for services providers to navigate administrative formalities, helping Member States identify overly burdensome or outdated requirements on professionals operating domestically or across borders. Rather than amending existing EU rules in the services area, the Commission focuses on ensuring better application.

EESC opinion: Services Package

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