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Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
SOC/574-EESC-2018-02459-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 - Feb 12, 2018

The EESC points out that a non-immigration scenario in Europe would mean among other things that Member States' economies would suffer substantially; demographic challenges would be aggravated; pension systems might become unsustainable; racism and xenophobia would flourish even more than at present. Non-integration bears economic, socio-cultural and political risks and costs. Hence, investment in migrant integration is the best insurance policy against potential future costs, problems and tensions.

EESC opinion: The cost of non-immigration (and non-integration)

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
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.

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
TEN/678-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the proposal for a regulation for the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) research and training programme 2021-2025.

The EESC considers the EURATOM budget to be proportionate to the objectives set and considers it essential to maintain this financial allocation regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The Committee also considers it crucial in this respect to manage the United Kingdom's exit from the Euratom programme with the utmost care, particularly with regard to research already in progress, shared infrastructure and the social impact on staff  (e.g. working conditions) both on British soil and elsewhere.

EESC opinion: Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Ongoing (updated on 19/12/2018)
Referencia: 
NAT/751-EESC-2018-03845
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

This Communication sets out wide-ranging policy efforts of the EU to support and facilitate the necessary measures of the Member States to meet their targets, and the enforcement action being taken to help ensure that the common objective of clean air for all Europeans is achieved and maintained across the EU.

EESC opinion: Clean air for all (Communication)

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Presentation of the European Commission on Clean air for all - 1st study group of 13.9.2018

Adopted on 12/12/2018
Referencia: 
SOC/607-EESC-2018-04848-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
539 -
Dec 12, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

The European Commission proposed to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard. With an expanded mandate the European Border and Coast Guard would continue to support Member States. The key features of this proposal:

  • A standing corps of 10,000 operational staff by 2020;
  • Executive powers;
  • The Agency would be able to support return procedures in Member States;
  • Stronger cooperation with non-EU countries;
  • Increased financial means.

EESC opinion: European Border and Coast Guard

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