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Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
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NAT/794-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

ETSK:n lausunto: Digitalisation and Sustainability – status quo and need for action in civil society perspective (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
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TEN/706-EESC-2020
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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

ETSK:n lausunto: 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

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
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INT/823-EESC-2017-01768
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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?

ETSK:n lausunto: The digital single market - trends and opportunities for SMEs (own-initiative opinion)

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Report fact-finding missions

Analysis of the questionnaire

Hyväksytyt on 18/09/2020
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SOC/634-EESC-2020
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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.

ETSK:n lausunto: The protection of unaccompanied migrant minors in Europe (own-initiative opinion)

Hyväksytyt on 16/09/2020
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INT/898-EESC-2020
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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).

ETSK:n lausunto: SME strategy

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

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
Viite: 
ECO/512-EESC-2020
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553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC believes that there are well-founded reasons to establish uniform rules within the EU to combat global warming and based on these to embark on international discussions with other trading blocs. Furthermore, the Committee deems that, in the future, it could be useful and necessary to also devise new taxation measures that can supplement the current emissions trading system  and national carbon taxes in order to achieve an effective and symmetrical policy framework to tackle the increasing amount of CO2 emissions.

ETSK:n lausunto: Taxation mechanisms for reducing CO2 emissions

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
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ECO/509-EESC-2020-00995-00-00-AC-TRA
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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.

ETSK:n lausunto: Inclusive and sustainable Banking Union

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
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INT/899-EESC-2020
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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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ETSK:n lausunto: Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

Hyväksytyt on 15/07/2020
Viite: 
ECO/527-EESC-2020-02808-00-00-AC-TRA
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553 - Jul 16, 2020

ETSK:n lausunto: Recovery and Resilience Facility and Technical Support Instrument

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