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Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
CCMI/173-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

The EESC welcomes the determination of the new European Commission to enhance the Union's technological sovereignty, and stress the importance of the security sector in this respect. There is no security without technology, and Europe must master the technologies that are crucial for its security.

ETSK:n jaoston lausunto: The industrial dimension of the Security Union (own-initiative opinion)

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
CCMI/175-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

Disruptions like coronavirus (COVID-19) threaten to bring the world economy and social life to a standstill. Its impacts include recessions in the USA, the EU, Japan and other regions of the world, extremely slow growth in China and huge losses in terms of output. Governments have to offset economic damage with fiscal and monetary policies and cope with the expected changes of the economic paradigm. The EESC stresses the need for efficient business models and trade defence mechanisms, in particular with regard to Asia, and notes that 36 million jobs in the EU depend on the EU's exporting potential, and that the share of EU employment supported by sales of goods and services to the rest of the world in relation to total employment increased from 10.1% in 2000 to 15.3% in 2017. The fiscal, economic and social response to the crisis is necessary for preventing its negative impact on these and other sectors.

ETSK:n jaoston lausunto: Fostering competitiveness, innovation, growth and job creation by advancing in global regulatory cooperation, by supporting a renewed multilateral trading scheme and by reducing market-distorting subsidies (own-initiative opinion)

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
ECO/513-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

While the recovery after COVID-19 crisis is a top priority, the EESC stresses that this should not steer the EU away from its medium and long-term objectives, as outlined in the European Green Deal, 2020 Sustainable Growth Strategy, and the European Pillar for Social Rights. There is a need for a resilient, technology-driven European economy that is defined by the protection of the environment. The EESC underlines that strategies aimed at enhanced economic sustainability need to be developed around productivity, but they cannot be allowed to happen at the expense of workers' rights and social development. The EESC advocates for re-thinking supply chains, underlines that social aspects should be emphasised, start-ups should be encouraged and that the cornerstone of sustainable economic growth in the EU should be the creation and development of a truly circular economy. Open dialogue with social partners and civil society remains key to setting the economic direction.

ETSK:n jaoston lausunto: Enhancing sustainable economic growth across the EU

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
ECO/512-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
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 jaoston lausunto: Taxation mechanisms for reducing CO2 emissions

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
ECO/509-EESC-2020-2020-00995
Täysistunto: 
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 jaoston lausunto: Inclusive and sustainable Banking Union

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
ECO/528-EESC-2020-02866-00-00-PAC-TRA
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020

ETSK:n lausunto: Renewed InvestEU programme and Solvency Support Instrument

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
INT/911-EESC
Täysistunto: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

Social, human rights, and environmental impacts from mandatory due diligence as a legal duty of care are expected to be significant

The EESC opinion could examine, inter alia, the definition of "company interest", the scope of companies and enterprises to which the eventual due diligence legislation should apply, the scope of the due diligence obligations, the role of the board and its members, the identification and setting of standards, liability for failure to fulfil due diligence obligations, the role of Member States in ensuring the effective fulfilment of the due diligence obligation.

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
INT/903-EESC
Täysistunto: 
553 - Jul 16, 2020
Own-initiative opinion postponed to the autumn

The purpose of the opinion is to examine the extent to which existing EU company law currently serves as an "expedient" for the politically-desirable Green Deal and which gaps still need to be closed, in particular regarding corporate social responsibility obligations. The opinion will aim at following-up on the European Commission's initiative on due diligence and broadening the debate on sustainable corporate governance interlinking the social, environmental and economic dimensions.

Valmisteilla (updated on 10/07/2020)
Viite: 
INT/906-EESC-2020
Täysistunto: 
553 -
Jul 16, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

The European Commission has put the social economy at the top of the agenda for 2020. The aim of the opinion is to emphasise the importance of the common good as a key European value, including in the area of economic activity, and to highlight the high level of innovation of social economy enterprises committed to the common good, with a focus on the provision of social services.

Tiedote: Strengthening non-profit social enterprises as an essential pillar of a socially equitable Europe (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

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