The coronavirus pandemic has hit the health of Europe's citizens and its economy hard, notably its industrial production. The European companies in the sectors with high consumption of resources and energy (REIIs) were already in a precarious situation, and are now undergoing this further, unexpected, crisis.
This additional opinion will complement and update the proposals made in the original 2021 ASGS opinion, adopted in February this year. The purpose of the additional opinion is to take into account recent developments as regards the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
The European Semester has been adapted to the special circumstances triggered by the pandemic and it is playing a central role in the recovery, through the implementation of the Facility. The additional opinion is necessary for the EESC to make related proposals and it will be presented to the October 2021 Plenary in order to provide a timely input to the Commission's preparation of the next ASGS expected for November 2021. It will therefore target directly the next European Semester cycle at the right political and institutional moment.
The EU ETS was launched in 2005 and covers about 45 % of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The latest revision of the EU ETS Directive, adopted in 2018, sets the total quantity of emission allowances for phase 4 (2021-2030), in line with what was the current EU emission reduction target at the time (40 % reduction below 1990 levels by 2030).
The evaluation of the eIDAS Regulation revealed that the current Regulation falls short of addressing these new market demands. The Commission is proposing a European Digital Identity framework based on the revision of the current one, at least 80% of citizens should be able to use a digital ID solution to access key public services by 2030. Furthermore, the security and control offered by the European Digital Identity framework will offer everyone the means to control who has access to their digital twin and to which data exactly. This will also require a high level of security with respect to all aspects of digital identity provisioning, including the issuing of a European Digital Identity Wallet, and the infrastructure for the collection, storage and disclosure of digital identity data.
The upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the EU has requested the Committee to draw up an exploratory opinion on the effective achievement of the Directive’s objectives in practice, on Member States’ best practices in regulating the agri-food chain, as well as on the steps needed so that this process does not come to a halt.