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Aprobados on 18/09/2020
Referencia: 
TEN/706-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Dictamen del CESE: Between a trans-European super grid and local energy islands – the right mix of decentralised solutions and centralised structures for an economically, socially and ecologically sustainable energy transition

Aprobados on 18/09/2020
Referencia: 
TEN/709-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Aviation is one of the sectors most badly affected by the Corona crisis and the EU Member States are willing to assist all economic sectors in the recovery process. Nonetheless, it is unlikely that global economic activities will regain pre-Corona levels in the near future. For this reason, the EESC calls upon the Commission to develop a comprehensive road map for the recovery of the entire European aviation sector; such an action plan should include dedicated resources to support all sub-sectors and their workforce.

Dictamen del CESE: The future of EU air transport in and after the Corona crisis

Aprobados on 18/09/2020
Referencia: 
REX/532-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Key points

Global supply chains (GSC) are key and complex in economic activities across the world and in global trade. Economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship are also contested by evidence of negative implications for working conditions as well as for sustainability in some supply chains.

The COVID-19 crisis has unveiled the serious downfalls related to highly fragmented and undiversified supply chains. It exposed the vulnerability of workers' health and safety, and it highlighted violations of human rights. Trade will have to play a key role in promoting a sustainable economic recovery. However, stronger instruments need to deliver on a socially and environmentally responsible business, trade and investment agenda.

GSC need to become more resilient, diversified and responsible, and ambitious actions need to ensure they contribute to a fairer economic and social model, based on sustainability and decent work.

Dictamen del CESE: Sustainable supply chains and decent work in international trade (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Aprobados on 18/09/2020
Referencia: 
SOC/634-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

In this own-initiative opinion, the EESC calls on the European Union to develop a coherent and uniform approach to protecting unaccompanied foreign minors in Europe. It urges the European Commission to draw up a Directive on the protection of unaccompanied minors that serves the best interests of the child. The principle of "the best interests of the child" should take precedence over all other national and international law. The EESC calls on the Member States to evaluate minority based on a body of evidence, consisting principally of the declarations by the person in question, civil status documents presented and interviews with the person. Given that bone tests are not really reliable, the EESC calls for them to simply be stopped.

Dictamen del CESE: The protection of unaccompanied migrant minors in Europe (own-initiative opinion)

Aprobados on 18/09/2020
Referencia: 
INT/823-EESC-2017-01768
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The Commission's decision to create a Digital Single Market (to remove virtual borders, boost digital connectivity, and make it easier for consumers to access cross-border online content) is therefore a welcome move. But what does it mean for SMEs in practice? How will this affect their day-to-day running? And, given the lessons learnt from previous rapid changes, how do we make an "inclusive" success of the Digital Single Market?

Dictamen del CESE: The digital single market - trends and opportunities for SMEs (own-initiative opinion)

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Report fact-finding missions

Analysis of the questionnaire

Aprobados on 16/09/2020
Referencia: 
INT/898-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

Europe is embarking on a transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. European businesses can lead the way as we enter this new age, as they has done in the past.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are essential to Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. Based on the new SME Strategy, the EU will support SMEs by:

  • encouraging innovation through new funding and digital innovation hubs as part of the sustainable and digital transitions;
  • cutting red tape by reducing barriers within the Single Market and opening up access to finance;
  • allowing better access to finance by setting up an SME Initial Public Offering Fund (with investments channelled through a new private-public fund) and the ESCALAR initiative (a mechanism to boost the size of venture capital funds and attract more private investment).

Dictamen del CESE: SME strategy

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• Position paper "Strengthening SMEs: Way Forward to a Dedicated SME Strategy"

Aprobados on 15/07/2020
Referencia: 
ECO/509-EESC-2020-00995-00-00-AC-TRA
Pleno: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

While acknowledging the progress made by the Commission in taking account of smaller and less complex banking institutions in its recent regulatory measures, the EESC believes it would be useful to further increase the proportionality of banking rules, without sacrificing the effectiveness of prudential rules.

The EESC endorses the recent decision to push back the date for implementing the Basel III accord, and feels that when the time comes, the new provision on capital requirements should be transposed in a way that caters properly for the diversity of banking business models in Europe.

Dictamen del CESE: Inclusive and sustainable Banking Union

Aprobados on 15/07/2020
Referencia: 
INT/899-EESC-2020
Pleno: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC supports the Commission's 'Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules' and endorses the Communication on Identifying and tackling barriers to the single market.
The EESC believes that the insufficient or inadequate application of EU rules has been the Achilles heel of EU law and that therefore many instances of fraud and illegal behaviour have not been dealt with. It urges the Commission to include in the action plan a clearly defined role for civil society actors, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers
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Dictamen del CESE: Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

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